West Bengal

Discover West Bengal

Travel to Alipurduar, Bankura, Paschim Bardhama, Purba Bardhaman, Birbhum, Cooch Behar, Darjeeling, Dakshin Dinajpur, Hooghly, Howrah, Jalpaiguri, Jhargram, Kolkata, Kalimpong, Malda, Paschim Medinipur, Purba Medinipur, Murshidabad, Nadia, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Purulia, Uttar Dinajpur.

West Bengal is located in the eastern part of India on the Bay of Bengal, covering total area of 88,752 Kms. The state is surrounded by Sikkim and Bhutan in the north, Assam in the northeast, Bangladesh in the east, Bay of Bengal in the south, Odisha in the southwest, Jharkhand & Bihar in the west, and Nepal in the northwest.

Alipurduar: Alipurduar is the newly formed district of West Bengal. It is located in the north-eastern side of West Bengal bordering Assam and Bhutan and it covers the distance of 113kms from Siliguri. Basically Alipurduar town is called a gateway to Bhutan and northeastern states of India. The entire town fully covered with scenic beauty as it is the most important town of the district. Before entering the places like Assam, Bhutan and Coochbehar alipurduar district is the most ethnic places of east zone West Bengal, one cannot cross the border without visiting the essence beauty of the town . It is a very old trading route center also and had a trading route popularly known as silk route with Bhutan and Tibet.

Most Famous Places In Alipurduar: Sikiajhora, Pukuri, Rasikbil.

Sikiajhora:Sikiajhora is a rivulet that meanders into the Buxa Tiger Reserve in the North Panialguri of Alipurduar. An eco-park, with a boat riding service, is built around the rivulet which flows through the dense forest of Damnapur Range, rich in biodiversity. There is a watchtower from where a panoramic view of the entire river can be seen flowing through the dense graceful jungle with a backdrop of the peaceful Himalayan range. The eco-park is a popular picnic spot with its lush green ambience posing as a perfect place for enjoying a day. There is a small picturesque bridge over a canal that falls into the rivulet. The Sikiajhora eco-park also has swings and fountains which are a favorite for children when they go for picnics and boat safari. People can also take long walks around the tea estates and enjoy the shades of trees.

Pukuri: It is a small and sacred lake in Dooars near Jayanti village(in a distance of 4 km). The route to reach the lake gives a flavour of trekking amidst hilly forest. The lake is a natural habitat of cat fish and turtle. If you carry soybean or puffed rice to spread in the lake, you can observe the countless fishes to finish their meal. More over this is an ideal place to enjoy the serenity and silence.

Rasikbil: This is more like a picnic spot with tall trees around.. but nothing much to see. Definitely not worth driving 50 kilometres from your hotel to see this place. I was told that the waterbody attracts migratory birds, but there was nothing. We reached there after a long drive, tired and hungry. Nothing decent was available around and the toilets inside were all locked, except one, which did not have any water, not even any water connection. It seemed to be favourite spot for couples who seemed to be locals.

Bankura: The earliest signs of human habitation in the area was at Dihar. By about 1000 BC chalcolithic people had settled on the north bank of the Dwarakeswar. In later pre-historic times this area was inhabited by various Proto-Australoid and a few Proto-Dravidian tribes. The tribes were spread across different strata of development – food-gathering, hunting, animal-raring and agriculture. Bankura district was part of Rarh in ancient times.

Most Famous Places In Bankura: Susunia Hill, Joyrambati, Bishnupur, Jhilimili, Mukutmanipur, Gokul Chand Temple, Biharinath Hill, Hadal-Narayanpur, Jayrambati

Susunia Hill: Soaring at an altitude of a whopping 1442 feet, the Susunia Hill is a famous spot in the Bankura District for indigenous sports like rock climbing and trekking. The entire hill is covered luxuriously with a rich flora of beautiful shrubbery, majestic trees and rare medicinal plants. Part of the eastern ghats, this hillock is popular among novice and expert mountaineers alike. In fact, many renowned and successful mountaineers of the country have started their journey on this very hill. During winters, trekking and camping activities are arranged on the Susunia Hill. Enveloped in the ranges of the eastern ghats and resting amidst the lush greenery, spending a day on this hill is the perfect way to escape the loud and polluted airs of the city.

Joyrambati: A tourist village located in Bankura district, Joyrambati is famous as it was the birthplace of Sree Sarada Devi who is worshipped as the Holy Mother by the followers of Sri Ramakrishna.

Bishnupur: A small town in West Bengal famous for its terracota temples, Bishnupur is famous among tourists, especially for its rich culture including architecture, music and handicraft. Bishnupur is a town with a rich heritage and a present as rich in culture, art and architecture. Its heritage and an ornamented culture transcends into multiple attractions for the tourists, which can be witnessed in the area’s soft corner for classical music, paintings or while you take home a Baluchari sari. The temples that the area is known for include Jorbangla temple, Rasmancha temple, Shyamrai Temple and many more. These find immense grandeur in their identity as carriers of significant histories as well as architectural marvels.

Jhilimili: Jhilmili is a mesmerising natural beauty located in Khatra subdivision of the district of Bankura in West Bengal. Also known as the ‘Darjeeling of South Bengal’, Jhilimili is exactly located at the border of Purulia, Bankura and Midnapur and just 70 km away from the Bankura town. Literally translating to sparkle or twinkle in the Bengali language, the area has dense lush forests that possess breathtaking beauty. The place is situated on a hillock and amidst thick, dense forests of varying heights. The forest cover is so thick in some places that even sunlight has a hard time making its way through the labyrinth of vegetation.

Mukutmanipur: A popular weekend getaway for Kolkata locals, Mukutmanipur in the Bankura district of Kolkata is a serene town with lush green forests, clear blue water and green hills in the backdrop. Sharing borders with Jharkhand, Mukutmanipur is located at the confluence of Kumari and Kangsabati. A small serene town that it is, it attracts many tourists who come here in the search of a peaceful vacation. 

Gokul Chand Temple: Located only a few kilometer from the terracotta temples of Bishnupur, Gokulchand Temple is the grandest of the few Bengal stone temples.

The 64 feet high five pinnacled temple surrounded by a high wall, giving the impression of a fort rather than a temple.

Biharinath Hill: The tallest hill in this region, Biharinath hill is situated 57 km away from Bankura town. This hill was an ancient center of Jainism and the place is known for its beautiful surroundings.

Hadal-Narayanpur: Located on the banks of the Bodai River, the twin-villages of Hadal-Narayanpur is famous for the Mandal family terracotta temples that comprise of Barataraf, Mejotaraf and the Chhototaraf temples. Barataraf also has a huge Rasmancha popularly used to stage Ras-Leela or plays based on Vishnu’s life. Mejotaraf and the Chhototaraf are studded with terracotta panels with representations of Vishnu in the Anantashayan posture.

Jayrambati: Jayrambati is a quaint village in the Bankura district, popularised as an important pilgrimage point among followers of Sri Ramakrishna for being the place of residence of the Holy Mother Sri Sharada Devi. The village has a certain old-world charm to it and has several small temples all across the village, the most popular one however being the Sri Sri Maitri Mandir devoted to the Holy Mother. The religious aspect of the village is what draws most visitors to the village and is an integral part of the village’s culture. The village has been an integral part and woven itself in the life of the holy mother Sri Sharada Devi, the village has witnessed several milestones in the life of the holy mother and has thus resultantly been an important source of pilgrimage for the ardent followers of Sri Sharada Devi.

Paschim Bardhama: Paschim Bardhaman district is a predominantly urban mining-industrial district in West Bengal. The headquarters of the district is Asansol. It was formed on 7 April 2017 after bifurcation of the erstwhile Bardhaman district as the 23rd district of West Bengal.

Most Famous Places In Paschim Bardhama: Garh Jungle, Ichhai Ghosher Deul, Churulia, Maithon, Ram Krishna Mission, Ghagar Buri Temple

Garh Jungle: Garh Jungle is an important place in Hindu mythology, especially Shakta. It is located in the Kanksa CD block (near Durgapur) in the Durgapur subdivision of the Paschim Bardhaman district in West Bengal. Ashram of Medhas Muni was established here.According to Sri Sri Chandi, King Surath meet to Boisya samadhi at Ashram of Medhas. This Ashram was established in Garh Jungle. King Surath and Boisya Samadhi learned Devi Mahatmya from Medhas in this place. Surath organized a durgapuja here in spring time.

Ichhai Ghosher Deul: Ichhai Ghosher Deul, also called tower temple (rekha-deul), is located near Gourangapur in the Indian state of West Bengal. It belongs to a small sub-group of Bengali temples, the architectural suggestions from Odisha can be traced back.The Ichai-Ghosh-temple is largely isolated by the river Ajay in the vicinity of the locality Gourangapur in the Paschim Bardhaman district.According to Binoy Ghosh, Ichhai Ghosher Deul is located at Gourangapur. It is one of the few rekh-deuls in Bengal. Scholars date it around 16th-17th century and it was possibly erected by the descendants of Ichhai Ghosh, to perpetuate his memory.David J. McCutchion mentions Ichhai Ghoser Deul at Gourangapur as a large smooth curvilinear rekha deul, having a base of 20 feet square. It is a plain brick structure but for niches and images on tower.According to the List of Monuments of National Importance in West Bengal, the Ichhai Ghosh Temple is an ASI listed monument.

Churulia: Churulia is the birthplace of eminent Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, and the resting place of his wife Pramila Devi. Many of the manuscripts, medallions and other belongings of the poet are preserved at Nazrul Academy in the village. Nearby, there is a college bearing the poet’s name. Nazrul Academy was established in 1958.It is believed that there was a fort at Churulia in olden days. It fell to Sher Khan, the Afghan chieftain in the 16th century. A mound in the village is believed to contain the ruins of the fort. During the Muslim rule a mosque was built at Churulia. It is a good example of Islamic architecture.

Maithon: The Maithon Dam is located at Maithon, 48 km from Dhanbad, in the state of Jharkhand India. It is 15,712 ft (4,789 m) long and 165 ft (50 m) high. This dam was specially designed for flood control and generates 60,000 kW of electric power. There is an underground power station, the first of its kind in the whole of South East Asia. The dam is constructed on the Barakar River. The lake is spread over 65 square kilometres (25 sq mi).

Ram Krishna Mission: Asansol Ramakrishna Mission High School is an Bengali-medium school for boys in Asansol, West Bengal, India. It was established in 1939 and is part of the Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Asansol; a branch of Ramakrishna Mission. It is affiliated to the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education.In 1926, few devotees, inspired by Swami Vivekananda’s ideology established a Ramakrishna mission in Asansol, presently at Paschim Bardhaman district, in the Indian state of West Bengal. Belur Math took it over as one of its branches in 1939 and it was renamed as Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Asansol. Initially the Mission’s activities were on a small scale with only an orphanage and a school for girls. Later a boys’ school was started which was upgraded to a High School in 1944.

Ghagar Buri Temple: Ghaghar Burhi is on the outskirts of Asansol city, by the side of the National Highway (Bypass) in West Bengal, India. It is a small shrine dedicated to Goddess Kali. It is the oldest temple of Asansol. Worship is held every Tuesday and Saturday. A country fair is held on 15 January every year. Animals are sacrificed as part of worship.

Purba Bardhaman: The district  Purba Bardhaman, one of the important districts of the Burdwan Division, is situated between 23o53′ N to 22o56′ N Latitude and 88o25′ E to 87o56′ E Longitude. It contains an area of 5432.69 Sq.K.M. as ascertained by the latest survey, and a population according to the Census of 2011 is 4835532 persons. Burdwan the Principal town and administrative headquarters is situated on the north bank of Damodar river, in 23o14′ N Latitude and 87o51′ E Longitude. The name Bardhamana in the vernacular is a corruption of the Sanskrit Vardhamana (the present participle passive of the verb Vardh) and implies “The increasing or prosperous”.

Most Famous Places In Purba Bardhaman: 108 Shiv Mandir, Christ Church, Golap Bagh, Rajbati, Krishnasayar Park and Lake, The Deer Park,  Kankeleshwari Kalibari, Meghna Saha Planetarium, Sarbamangala Temple, Science Centre, Tomb of Sher Afghan, Damoder Riverside, Curzon Gate, Kalyaneshwari Temple

108 Shiv Mandir: Perhaps the most unique and enticing structure in all of Bardhaman, the reason it’s known as 108 Shiv Temple is because there literally are 108 small temples contracted side by side in a beautiful vertical pattern. The temples are located in Nawabhat which was once famous for the battles of the Pathans and Mughals. The best and the most crowded time to see these temples is during Shivratri when the entire place is lit up with lights and decorations.

Christ Church: The red brick church was built back in 1816 under the supervision of Captain Charles Stuart of the East India Company. The ancient church is still very well maintained, set in the midst of a well trimmed courtyard. The Church also has picked styles from British Architecture.

Golap Bagh: The Gopal Bagh which literally means the garden of roses is arguably the most beautiful tourist place in Bardhaman. It is the Botanical and Zoological garden established by the King Bijoy Chand Mahatab in 1884. The place is believed to have nearly 150 different types of trees including mango, casuarina, eucalyptus, jaam and shimul. The place is full of structures, statues and beautifully landscaped areas. If you plan to visit Golap Bagh, then you should keep a few hours free.

Rajbati: Rajbati or Mahatabmanjil was built by Mahatab Chand Bahadur, back in in 1851.The imposing building houses the administrative office of the Bardhaman University. Maharajdhiraj Uday Chand Women’s College and the settlement office lie on the sides. Rajbati. When it was originally unveiled, it was the most beautiful building in all of Bhardaman. The charm is still very much in tact.

Krishnasayar Park and Lake: In 1691, the then king of Bhardam constructed a huge artificial lake.-Krishnasayar on nearly 33 acres of land. Later an equally beautiful park was built around it by the Krishasayar trustee board. Competitions, Fairs and Carnivals are often held at the lake. Even otherwise, you can have a rowing experience at the lake or enjoy various flower or art exhibitions. The lake also has an aquarium with tens of fish varieties.

The Deer Park: The Deer Park is Bardhaman’s very own mini dose of Wildlife. The park is numerous animals including deer, birds, leopards and tigers. The place also has a guest house if you wish to spend the night.

Kankeleshwari Kalibari: This amazingly intricate structure of Goddess Kali is located in Brishnu Mandir in Kanchan Nagar. The goddess Chamunda is depicted through this sculpture. Made from precious stones and black rocks, the structure is so finely detailed that even the veins running through her many hands look real. The sculpture is also believed to be a symbol of the continuity of life as its made from the stones found on Damoder riverbed after the devastating floods of 1923.

Meghna Saha Planetarium: Inaugurated in 1994, the planetarium has a unique story. it was built by a Japanese Optical Company with assistance from the Japanese and Indian governments. Located at G.T Road, the planetarium has numerous automated models at display. If travelling with children, then this is the one place that combines leisure with education.

Sarbamangala Temple: The temple is highly revered by the natives of Bardhaman. It is also believed that the Goddess fulfills every wish of an earnest heart. This temple situated in Sarbamangala Road. Sarbamangala is actually Goddess Durga in a different form. Another very interesting feature of the temple is that the statue of the goddess and the surrounding temple were built a few decades apart. The goddess was established in 1740 A.D. by the king Kirti Chand while the temple structure was built by king Mahatab Chand.

Science Centre:Another endeavor by the University of Burdwan, along with the Central and State Governments, the science centre is the classic spectacle of scientific evolution. numerous display along with interesting classes and seminars are arranged over here. The planetarium is located near the front gate of the Burdhaman University. This center is open for all from 11.30 am to 7 pm.

Tomb of Sher Afghan: Numerous tales surround Sher Afghan Khan, his rise to power and eventual demise. Sher Afghan Khan who was the ‘tuyuldar’ of Bardhaman during Mughal Emperor Jahangir’s rule was accused of having conspired with Afghans against the king. He was eventually killed in this confrontation and his wife, Mehrunissa, famously known as Nur Jahan, who was believed to have been extremely beautiful eventually married the King himself.

Damoder Riverside:The city of Bardhaman is located on the banks of River Damodar. Tourists can sit on the banks of the river and enjoy a picnic or they can hire a boat and enjoy the gentle waves, especially on a pleasant day. But if you are in Bhardaman for a short while, the river is one of the few things you can consider skipping.

Curzon Gate: The majestic Curzon Gate was famously erected in 1903, by the king of Burdwan Maharaja Bijoy Chand Mahatab to celebrate Lord Curzon’s visit. Though it is just an archway towering over the road, the majestic structure will easily grab your attention, especially at night. The Royal Palace is situated one km from the gate.

Kalyaneshwari Temple: Located on Grand Trunk road, a few km off Barakar, this beautiful temple dedicated to Goddess Kali has a unique story of its own. Built around many decades ago, the temple is believed to have been a haven for dacoits, where they stayed and also offered prayers. The temple complex has many shops selling flowers, incense sticks and other things you may need for the pooja. The beautiful temple has been preserved in its simple original form with minimal renovation. The temple is also believed to fulfill wishes for offspring of childless women.

Birbhum: At the dawn of the history, part of the district as now constituted appears to have been included in the tract of the country known as “Rarh” and part in the tract called “Vajjabhumi “. The traditions of the Jainas state that Mahavira, their last great Tirthankara, wandered through these two tracts in the 5th Century, B.C.; and the description of them would seem to show that the eastern part of the district , with its alluvial soil, well watered by rivers, formed part of Rarh, while the wilder and more rugged country to the west was aptly known as Vajjabhumi, i.e., the country of Thunderbolt.

Most Famous Places In Birbhum: Santiniketan, Shakti Peeth, Jaydev Kenduli, Patharchapuri,  Bakreswar

Santiniketan: Santiniketan is a small town where the Visva-Bharati University is located. The University is an epitome of cultural heritage and marks the confluence of ideals of both the East and the West. It was established by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore as a unique centre for learning. Out of numerous socio-cultural events held here, the Poush Mela attracts a lot of people as this fair brings together artisans, folk singers and dancers on one platform. The fair lasts for three days and celebrates the beautiful culture of the land. At a distance of 3 km from Santiniketan, the Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary is located. It is popularly known as Deer Park. The Spotted deer and the Blackbuck can be found here. It is also a natural bird sanctuary and attracts a lot of tourists and nature lovers.

Shakti Peeth:There are legendary tales about how Shakti or Sati self-immolated herself outraged at Daksha’s insult of Shiva. Following which a sorrowful Shiva performed the Rudra Tandav, carried the remains of her body which fell and scattered in different corners of the Indian subcontinent. The Tarapith is regarded as the place where Sati’s eye ball (tara) fell, Kankalitala where Sati’s waist fell. Moreover, the Nalateshwari temple in Nalhati is regarded as a Pitha and is located on a hill.

Jaydev Kenduli: A huge number of pilgrims and bauls (folk) attend the annual fair held in the village Kenduli which is regarded as the birth-place of the great Sanskrit poet, Jaydev. It emerged as a religious centre with the establishment of numerous hermitages. The Bauls are a special attraction as they are a group of minstrels and the mysticism in their folk music is enthralling and unique.

Patharchapuri: The ‘Data Saheber Mela’ is held annually during the month of March-April. It is believed that the Sufi thinker and saint, Hazrat Data Meheboob Shah Wali breathed his last in this place. His tomb is situated in this village which is visited by lakhs of pilgrims, especially to commemorate Data Saheb’s death anniversary. It is said that the saint had miraculous powers to cure diseases with ashes of dust.

Bakreswar: Bakreswar is geologically renowned due to the presence of many hot springs which are believed to cure chronic ailments. The Khar Kunda, Bhairav Kunda, Agni Kunda, Dudh Kunda and Surya Kunda are some of the famous ones where the temperature of the water is above 60 degrees Celsius. Bakreswar also houses a Shiva temple and a large number of pilgrims worship and offer their prayers here.

Cooch Behar: Before 20th August 1949, Cooch Behar was a Princely State ruled by the Kings of Cooch Behar, who had been a feudatory ruler under British Government. By an agreement dated 20th August, 1949 the king of Cooch Behar ceded full and extensive authority, jurisdiction and power of the state to the Dominion Government of India. The transfer of administration of the state to the Govt. of India came into force on 12th September, 1949. Eventually, Cooch Behar was transferred and merged with the province of West Bengal on 19th January, 1950 and from that date Cooch Behar emerged as a new District in the administrative map of West Bengal. However, the district of Cooch Behar had been created with the same area and boundaries as the old state of Cooch Behar. In course of time, Cooch Behar has been transformed from a kingdom to a State and from a State to the present status of a district.
The name “Cooch-Behar” is derived from the name of the Koch Rajbonshi tribe that is indigenous to this area. The word “Behar” is the Sanskrit word “Bihar” (to travel) which means the land through which the “Koch Rajbonshi” Kings used to travel or roam about (“Bihar”).

Most Famous Places In Cooch Behar: Rajbari, Madan Mohan Temple, Sagardihi,  Light and Sound Show, Baneswar Siva Temple

Rajbari:Rajbari or the Cooch Behar Palace is located in the city of Cooch Behar in the East-Indian state of West Bengal. Rajbari is also known as Victor Jubilee Palace and is considered of great historical importance in the country. The palace belongs to the Mantris and is a grand structure that drips elegance from every corner, inside and the outside. Visitors will be awestruck right from the moment they see the fabulous building several feet away from the Facade. The numerous verandas add character to the structure, and the sheer expanse is enough to tell the world about its splendour. With the beautifully maintained gardens in the front and the splendid palace standing elegantly under the clear blue skies will take your breath away.

Madan Mohan Temple: Built during 1885-1887 by Maharaja Nripendra Narayan, this temple is beautifully designed and enjoys a huge following. The temple enshrines deities like Madan Mohan, Tara Ma, Kali Ma and Ma Bhawani. On the occasion of Rash Purnima, the temple celebrates Rash mela and Rash Yatra, one` of the most celebrated occasions of North Bengal.

Sagardihi: Huge tank situated in the heart of the city, Sagardighi was excavated by Maharaja Hitendra Narayan. The tank has heritage hotels, Victor House and a War Memorial around it. Tourists find it rather interesting to take a stroll down the gallery.

Light and Sound Show: Starting as it gets dark, the light and sound show in the back garden of the palace of Cooch Behar is a must not miss. This splendid show is organized by the tourism department of West Bengal and is carried on till 8 o clock starting from 6 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Baneswar Siva Temple: Located at a distance of 10km from the centre of the city, the temple homes a Shivalinga which is 10ft below the plinth level. The temple also has a statue of Arthanarishwar. On the occasion of Madan chaturdashi and Dol Purnima, the deity are carried to the Madan Mohan Temple in a celebrated procession. The premises has a huge pond which houses large number of tortoises, very old in age and form.

Darjeeling:Nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling fondly called “Queen of the Hills”, provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature. This is the land of the muscatel flavored Darjeeling tea revered by connoisseurs across the globe. This is the land of the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway where the century old miniature steam engine still chugs uphill vying for space with the fast disappearing Land Rovers. “Flowers are everywhere. The days are cold and the sun almost seems to play hide and seek with us”. – Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore. It is certainly that Darjeeling in the postmodern era comprises of six T’s -Tea, Teak, Tourism, Toy Train, Tiger Hill and Trekkers’ paradise.

Most Famous Places In Darjeeling: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Darjeeling Ropeway, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Nightingale Park, Rock Garden, Singalila National Park, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Sandakphu Trek, River Rafting in Teesta, Tea Gardens in Darjeeling,   Shopping in Darjeeling, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Tinchuley, Happy Valley Tea Estate, Observatory Hill,  Monastries in Darjeeling, Trekking in Darjeeling, Ghoom Monastery,  Bengal Natural History Museum, Lamahatta Eco Park, Lepchajagat     

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway also referred to as the DHR, and lovingly called the ‘Darjeeling Toy Train’, is a 2 feet narrow gauge train that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, in West Bengal, India. The construction of this 88-kilometre long railway line took place between 1879 and 1881, and a ride on this train route has been a coveted experience ever since. A journey in the Darjeeling Toy Train has amazing sights with pleasing mountain views and pass by villages and local shops on the way, with children merrily waving at them. 

Tiger Hill: Lying at an altitude of 2590 meters and a distance of 13 kilometres away from the Darjeeling, Tiger Hill is most famous for its splendid sights of sunrise from where you can see the peaks of Kanchenjunga illuminate before the sun is seen at lower elevations. The magnificent view of snow-capped mountains sitting amidst cotton clouds attracts tourists to Tiger Hill from all over the country. Interestingly, this is also the summit of Ghoom, which is the highest railway station in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Batasia Loop: Perhaps one of the most picturesque train routes in all of Darjeeling, the Batasia Loop is a lush green toy train pathway that is meant to minimise the elevation of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The unique design of this magnificent attraction allows the track to wrap around itself through a hilltop tunnel. One of the most enchanting aspects of the Batasia Loop is its unmatched natural beauty which is a wonderful sight to behold. Located on Hill Cart Road (NH 55), you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Darjeeling in all its verdant glory.

Darjeeling Ropeway: Darjeeling is renowned across the world as one of the most picturesque hill stations, where one can witness a myriad of exquisite landscapes, from the glorious snow-capped mountains to the charming valley replete with verdant tea estates. For this reason, the Darjeeling Ropeway finds itself as a prime attraction of Darjeeling, giving its passengers an array of divine panoramic views as they travel across the magical valley.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute: Located in Darjeeling, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is recognized as one of the best mountaineering institutes in the world. Established on 4th November 1954, the primary purpose of this initiative was to encourage, enhance and support the interest of the people in the sport of mountaineering, and to channel the abundant energy of the youth into a productive and self-awarding sport. Aspiring mountaineers from all over the world come to this institute to develop their skills. Besides being one of the best mountaineering institutes in the world, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute has become a significant tourist attraction on account of its picturesque setting in the hill station of Darjeeling. The magnificent view of the 8586-meter high peak of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, from this institute is genuinely mesmerizing.

Nightingale Park: Located in the mesmerising hill station of Darjeeling, the Nightingale Park is a public park area frequented by the tourists and locals to relish gorgeous views of the Kanchenjunga ranges. It serves as an ideal place to unwind and recharge amidst lush greenery and soothing winds. This park was earlier called ‘The Shrubbery’ when it was a private courtyard of Sir Thomas Tartan’s Bungalow, during the British reign. Flanked by a covered archway, the entrance leads you to pebbled walkways around this oval-shaped park. Since the Nightingale Park is at a slighted elevated terrain, you need to climb a few steps to reach the entry to this green haven. The park was closed for renovation for about four years and has reopened for the public since 2011. There is a giant statue of Lord Shiva, a musical fountain along with the great scenery.

Rock Garden: Rock Garden is an exquisite picnic spot terraced with natural fall known as Chunnu summer fall, located 10 km away from Darjeeling. It is also known as Barbotey Rock Garden which is surrounded by beautiful hill stream along with the slope covered with fascinating flower gardens and sitting arrangements at various level. It is considered one of the most preferred visiting destinations for nature lovers travelling to Darjeeling.

Singalila National Park: Located at an altitude of more than 7000 feet above the sea in the Singalila range, the Singalila National Park is the highest national park in West Bengal. Initially, a wildlife sanctuary, the national park encompasses a beautiful, 78.60 sq km land of virgin rhododendron forests, alpine valley and rare species of animals and orchids. It is most famous for the breathtakingly mind-stirring view of the Himalayan peak that it offers, providing a panoramic view of the gigantic Himalayas from Nepal to Sikkim and up to Bhutan. Singalila is home to the very rare and exotic Red panda and the Himalayan black bear.

Japanese Peace Pagoda: Located on the slopes of Jalapahar hills in Darjeeling, the Peace Pagoda, or the Japanese Peace Pagoda is one of the peace pagodas designed to establish unity, harmony and goodwill amongst people belonging to different sects of society. Famous for its tranquillity, it offers stunning views of snow-clad peaks including the Kanchenjunga peak making it an ideal place for peace and nature lovers.

Sandakphu Trek: Sandakphu Peak (11,941 Feet) is the highest peak in West Bengal. The highest peak of Singalila Ridge in Darjeeling district, almost near the border of Nepal, it is located very close to Singalila National Park. Sandakphu, the highest peak in West Bengal, gives you a spectacular view of four out of five highest peaks in the world. The best view possible is of mountain Kanchendzonga. You can reach the peak either by car or trekking. The trek is a beautiful 51 km long way up the hill, starting from Manebhanjan.

River Rafting in Teesta: White Water Rafting in the River Teesta is one of the most exciting things to do in Darjeeling. A favourite among the adventure junkees, the rafting has a series of rapids ranging from Grade 1 to 4. However, the difficult rapids are only allowed to the professionals or the seasonal trainers as it is risky. You should definitely try this activity when in Darjeeling.

Tea Gardens in Darjeeling: Darjeeling is known to be home to some of the best tea estates in the world. The UNESCO world heritage site boasts acres of resplendent meadows that also serve as the perfect tourist attraction. Here’s everything you need to know about the scintillating tea gardens in Darjeeling. 

Shopping in Darjeeling: Famous for its tea plantations, Darjeeling is a haven for tea addicts, shopping in Darjeeling and in its small markets and old school malls will give you a great feel for the town. The authentic flavors and aromas of the teas will steal your heart away. Apart from hoarding packets of tea leaves, one can also shop local knick-knacks such as handicraft items, woolen scarves and caps, faux jewelry items, and many other things from the markets in the city. Whether it is the Chowk Bazaar that you head to or The Mall Road, you will have a marvelous experience shopping in Darjeeling.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park: The Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park is a splendid enclosure in Darjeeling housing a wide variety of animals. Also known as Darjeeling Zoo, this is a haven for animals of all kinds and a huge centre of attraction for animal lovers and nature enthusiasts. The zoo is known internationally for its breeding and conservation programs and also includes an off-display breeding centre for snow leopards and red pandas. In addition to these rarer species, the zoo is also enriched with Asiatic black bear, barking deer, leopards, blue and yellow Macaw, Eastern Pangolin, Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Wolf, Lady Amherst, Leopard Cat, Macaw, Red Jungle Fowl, Red Panda, Royal Bengal Tiger, Sambar Deer, Temminck’s Tragopan, Yak, and many more. 

Tinchuley: At a distance of about 32 km from Darjeeling, Tinchuley is an offbeat hamlet situated close to the West Bengal-Sikkim border. With an altitude of 5550 ft, the name of the place derives from the words ‘tin’ and ‘chula’, which translates as ‘three ovens’ because the trio of hills constituting the hill station resembles mud ovens. Amazingly, the geographical diversity of the village is not exhausted by this: the rivers Teesta and Ranjeet also intersect quite close to it. All of this contributes to Tinchuley’s abundant natural beauty.

Happy Valley Tea Estate: At a magical altitude of 6,800 feet, the Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling is a fine land expanse of about 437 acres, growing some of the finest shrubs of this delightful drink in the world. It is the second oldest tea estate in the tea-rich town of Darjeeling, with its origins being closely connected to the history of cultivating and producing the world-famous Darjeeling Tea. The Happy Valley Tea Estate is a must-visit attraction for tourists visiting Darjeeling as it offers a natural scenic view with a breathtaking appearance of Himalayan foothills. Nature lovers will find it difficult to leave the place even after spending hours due to its elegant beauty surrounded with hundred and acres of Tea Gardens, mesmerizing weather, open clouds and beautiful Aroma of high-quality tea being produced.

Observatory Hill: Observatory Hill is a rising hill situated above Chowrasta Square, around 2 km from the Darjeeling Himalaya railway station, just above the Mall Road in the picturesque hill town of Darjeeling. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Darjeeling as it offers a panoramic view of the mountains along with the presence of various Hindu and Buddhist temples including Kanchenjunga Temple, Mahakal temple and Tibetian Memorial Shrine.

Monastries in Darjeeling: You must visit monasteries in Darjeeling to experience the essence of the place. There are lots of monasteries spread across the city, all having their own relevance. A few that stand out in the crowd are the Ghoom monastery, Bhutia Busty monastery and Aloobari monastery. Ghoom monastery is famous for its 15 ft. high special statue of Maitreya Buddha. It is also known as the Sakya monastery. Aloobari Gompa would be a place of choice if you’re interested in both shopping as well as sightseeing. You can find lots of local stalls outside the monastery. The fact that it is one of the oldest monastries in Darjeeling adds to its magnificence. Bhutia Busty Gompa is another monastery situated about a kilometer out of Darjeeling. This one is the most scenic out of all monasteries. The shrine was originally located on Observatory Hill but was rebuilt later at its present location.

Trekking in Darjeeling: Offering you a sweeping view of four out of the five highest peaks of the world Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse, all in a single stretch, Darjeeling offers some of the best trekking routes in the world.  Singalila range is one of the most popular trekking routes while Sandakphu & Singalila Trek, Phalut Trek and Sikkim Trek – Dzongri & Goechala are some of the other trekking routes in Darjeeling.

Ghoom Monastery: At a grand elevation of 8,000 feet, the Yiga Choeling or old Ghoom Monastery is the oldest Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Darjeeling. Established in 1850 by Lama Sherab Gyatso, this shrine is part of the Yellow Hat sect known as Gelupka who worship the ‘Coming Buddha’ or ‘Maitreyi Buddha’. A 15-foot high statue of Maitreyi Buddha is seen in the central hall, made entirely of clay brought from Tibet. This statue was installed during the tenure of the second head of the monastery Lama Domo Geshe Rinpoche. One can also find many rare Buddhist manuscripts within the premises. Visitors are treated to a beautiful view of the majestic Kanchenjunga outside the monastery. Prayer flags are flown by the resident monks in typical Tibetan tradition.

Bengal Natural History Museum: A testament to the indigenous flora and fauna of the region, the Bengal Natural History Museum is a fascinating plethora of more than 4000 specimens being exhibited. Located in the heart of Darjeeling at the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, this museum was originally started as a small building in the Botanical Garden meant to showcase the varieties of butterflies and birds of the hills. Today, one can find preserved remains of the bird species, reptiles, insects, fishes, and mammals displayed in a replication of their natural habitats. An attractive display of the various minerals of the region is present here as well.

Lamahatta Eco Park: Lamahatta is a scenic village in West Bengal, 23km from Darjeeling. To showcase the magnificent views of peaks & rivers and the dhupi & pine forests here, the Lamahatta Eco Park was created in 2012. Lamahatta means Monk’s Hermitage and so, this place promises an environment that feels as tranquil as a monk – a measure of balance between nature & man. At an altitude of 5,700 ft., this eco-park has a lot to offer.

Lepchajagat: Lepchajagat is a small village around 19km from Darjeeling. At a height of 6,956 ft, this vilage is considered a haven for nature lovers and honeymooners. Amidst dense forests of pines, oaks and rhododendrons, this village gives you tranquility. Viewing the Kanchenjunga peaks from here is a serene experience. It is now part of a reserved forest area.

Dakshin Dinajpur:Nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling fondly called “Queen of the Hills”, provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature. This is the land of the muscatel flavored Darjeeling tea revered by connoisseurs across the globe. This is the land of the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway where the century old miniature steam engine still chugs uphill vying for space with the fast disappearing Land Rovers. “Flowers are everywhere. The days are cold and the sun almost seems to play hide and seek with us”. – Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore.

Most Famous Places In Dakshin Dinaipur: Hili international check post, Angina Bird Sanctuary, Bangar excavation site

Hili international check post: Hili is a land port and border checkpoint, on the Bangladesh-India border, being developed (in 2018) as an integrated checkpost (ICP) for the smooth movement of goods and people. As a part of Hili is located in Bangladesh, the other side of the border is known as Hili Land Port in Hakimpur Upazila in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh. Sizeable trade activity is carried on with trucks traveling across the border. There is a customs office for export/import at Hili. Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports is a 2013 United Nations treaty designed to promote the cooperation of the development of dry ports in the Asia-Pacific region. Hili is on the India-Bangladesh border, popularly identified as a porous border. 2,216 km of the 4,096 km long India-Bangladesh border falls in West Bengal. More than 11,000 people live near/ around the zero line in Dakshin Dinajpur. Approximately 252 km of the international border is in Dakshin Dinajpur district.

Angina Bird Sanctuary: On the auspicious eve of new-year celebration is approaching, Angina Bird Sanctuary under Kumarganj block of South Dinajpur district waits to attract more tourists. More than 100 species of migratory birds use to come every year at Angina wetland during the advent of winter. The district tourism department has also made elaborate arrangements to attract more tourists this time in winter. According to South Dinajpur tourism department sources as the Angina bird sanctuary has the potentiality to attract innumerable tourists, the department has also taken initiative for the necessary implementation now-a-days. Being located very close to the border area, Angina has often turned into a battlefield as free movement of culprits could be prevented completely.

Bangar excavation site: Bangarh is the historical place situated in Gangarampur, West Bengal, India. Bangarh was the ancient city which was the administrative centre of Kotivarsha Vishaya (territorial division), itself part of the wider administrative unit of Pundravardhana Bhukti, which had Mahasthangarh as its capital[1] in the period of Chandras, Varmans and Senas. After the Senas were defeated by the Muslims under Bakhtiar Khilji, Devkot was established as their capital were Bakhtiar died.

Hooghly: Hooghly is a historical town situated in close proximity to the city of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal. Hooghly was founded in the 1500s by Portuguese invaders and came under the influence of various British and Mughal rulers in the later period. During the 1700s, Hooghly became the centre of British East India Company and even today, it marks itself among the few places that saw the rise of British Empire in India and the world. Hooghly is also known for its religious traditions and houses close to 20 temples for devotional purposes.

Most Famous Places In Hooghly: Tarakeshwar Temple, Shri Ramakrishna Math, Bandel Church, Hooghly Imambara

Tarakeshwar Temple: Tarakeshwar Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and receives a huge number of local devotes on a regular basis. It is one of those places in Hooghly that remain densely packed with visitors throughout the year. The best time to visit this temple is the monsoon season as it hosts a grand fair for devotees during this period. Tarakeshwar temple has got a deep mythological value attached to it and it is believed that a visit to this temple in good faith can fulfil all your wishes.

Shri Ramakrishna Math:Shri Ramakrishna Math was founded by Swami Vivekananda. It is also known as the Belur Math. This place proudly stands on the western coast of Hooghly River and can be safely described as the most beautiful example of religious unity of India. The most attractive part of this place is its brilliant architecture which has sought inspiration from Hindu mythology and ancient Islamic traditions. This place fills you with deep spiritual thoughts and is certainly the most peaceful place in the entire town of Hooghly. Shri Ramakrishna Math is a major religious symbol of Bengal and is a must visit destination.

Bandel Church: Bandel Church is one of the most ancient churches of India and was built around 1600 A.D. This church was built under the immediate guidance of Portuguese invaders and serves as a major centre of Christianity in the state of West Bengal. The main building of the church has faced several attacks by radical elements and has gone through a series of renovations. Bandel Church is known globally for its artistic Roman style of architecture and is surrounded by a unique aura of the European lifestyle. This church receives a huge number of visitors who come here in search of peace, historical knowledge and photography.

Hooghly Imambara: Hooghly Imambara is a massive two storeyed building which was built in the year 1861 by Mohammedan ruler Hazi Mohsin. This building is beautifully situated on the bank of river Ganga and is a major religious centre of the followers of Islam. Brilliantly carved walls, sculptured texts of the Holy Book of Quran, massive pillars on the entrance and an ancient clock tower are some of the most captivating features of this place. The northern block of this building houses a mosque and the southern block has been dedicated to the grave of its founder Hazi Mohsin.

Hangseswari Temple: Hangseswari Temple is situated in Bansbaria, an adjoining village of Hooghly and has been dedicated to the Hindu deity ‘Kali’. This temple is gloriously known for its breath-taking Indian architecture and religious significance. Hangseswari temple houses around 14 towers which are popularly known for their lotus shaped summits. The main idol of this temple is a massive five storeyed structure made of wood and is the most important attraction of the temple. If you want to understand this city from a spiritual angle, Hangseswari temple is a must visit destination for you.

Howrah: An iconic landmark of Kolkata, Howrah Bridge is a massive steel bridge constructed over the Hooghly River. It is considered to be among the longest cantilever bridges in the world. Also known as Rabindra Setu, it connects Howrah and Kolkata. It carries daily traffic of over 100,000 vehicles and countless pedestrians and is as historic as it is grand. The opulence of the bridge, however, comes alive in the night time as it is all lit up. You can also take a ferry ride as it runs between Kolkata and Howrah, from the launch ghat. The view of the city from the ferry, especially in the night, is priceless, to say the least.

Most Famous Places In Howarh: The Howrah Bridge, Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Botanic Garden, Vidyasagar Setu, Andul Rajbari

The Howrah Bridge: This mountain of political, cultural, historical and architectural significance needs very little introduction. Constructed in the most awe inspiring style possible, Howrah Bridge is very popular for photography or a view of the magnificent Ganges underneath. It has become a visual symbol for Kolkata, being visible from far and wide. It plays an important part in Kolkata colonial history too and also has literature written about it. It is also a hub for a number of celebrations and festivities around Kolkata all through the year, and you possibly couldn’t miss it if you’re planning a visit anytime soon.

Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Botanic Garden: This one is named after the famed botanist of Bengal, AJC Bose, and is a botanic reserve true to its historic legacy. Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Botanic Garden is a wide botanical reserve which is diverse in its collection of species, and lakes and abundant trees serve scientific as well as ecological interest. It is popular with ordinary tourists and couples, but also with a number of educational institutions for excursions and the like. A very important landmark while you’re in Howrah.

Vidyasagar Setu:This is the second magnificent bridge that’s a tourist spot on this list, and indeed, is of the very best of its kind nationally, if not globally. Because it serves the same testimony to architectural, aesthetic and historic merit as the Howrah Bridge does. Vidyasagar Setu is visible from far and wide on its perch up above the Hooghly river, the second, as it connects the twin pride cities of Kolkata and Howrah. It is particularly beautiful to photograph during sunset, and can even be used to kick back and relax with a view of life and tides beneath.

Andul Rajbari: This is a heritage site in and around Howrah in the true sense of the term. Andul Rajbari belonged to feudal land owning lords of yore of this place, the zamindars with kaccharis. It is a palace, magnificent, and now open to the public for viewership. In olden times, it also used to be let out for picnics. Now, the condition is almost one of decrepitude, in urgent need of upkeep, at the mercy of the government. The spirits residing here have apparently turned aggressive, turning it haunted nowadays. A priority visit for a day filled with history and aristocratic glamour of old heritage.

Jalpaiguri: The name Jalpaiguri came from the word “Jalpai “ meaning “Olive” which grew in the town and adjacent areas and were even visible in the 1900 . The suffix “guri “ means a place. The district is located 26° 16 ’ and 27° 0 ’ North latitude and 88 ° 4 ’ and 89 °53 ’ East longitude . It is situated in the northern part of the state of West Bengal and shares international borders with Bhutan and Bangladesh in the northeast and south respectively . The remaining borders are shared with the district of Darjeeling in the west & northwest , Kalimpong district in the north , Coochbehar district in the Southeast and Alipurduar district in the west .The district is primarily comprised of a rural population with a high number of SCs/STs present. A sizeable population also resides in the tea gardens which are spread all over the district.

Most Famous Places In Jalpaiguri: Murti river, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Mendabari Fort, Gorumara National Park,  Buxa Duar Trek

Murti river: 9km away from the main township of Jalpaiguri, Murti river is near Murti. In the middle of thick forest, one can often spot wild animals like Elephants, Rhinos, Deer etcetera who come down to the river bank to satisfy their thirst. However much beautiful the sight is, one needs to be careful around the lake.

Buxa Tiger Reserve: Adorning the northeastern corner of West Bengal, bordering Bhutan and Assam, Buxa Tiger Reserve was set up at on 16th February 1983 and was then, the 15th tiger reserve of the country. The forest constituting the Buxa Tiger Reserve is the largest in the Dooars – the Alluvial floodplains of Northeast India. Spanning over a whopping 759 sq. km., this tiger reserve is irrigated by several rivers and their tributaries. It boasts of a diverse and breathtaking landscape. In fact, because of the rocky terrain, many parts of the forest in the Buxa hills that lie in the Sinchula Range are inaccessible even by the authorities, and hence remain unexplored even after so many years!

Mendabari Fort: Located on the bank of river Baniya, Mendabari fort, also known as Nalraja garh is an ancient fort which dates back to the 5th century. The remains of the fort interest archaeology and history enthusiasts while the location and historic stories around the fort fascinate the travellers.

Gorumara National Park: Situated on the banks of rivers Murti and Raidak in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, the Gorumara National Park is a site that you cannot miss to afford on your next trip. Spread over an area of 80 sq.km. it sits prettily at the foothills of Great Himalayan mountains and has a large variety of flora and fauna. Full of riverine grasslands and moist deciduous forests, the place is especially famous for its Asiatic one-horned rhino, and also houses many other mammals, reptiles, insects and birds, including the majestic Asian elephants, the royal Bengal tigers and the Great Indian Hornbill.

Buxa Duar Trek: The Buxa Duar Trek, cradled in the Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal, offers an opportunity to peek into the mysteries of the wild jungles of the Buxa Tiger Reserve. It is a densely forested reserve boasting of being the only tiger reserve in the entire Kanchenjunga circuit. Today, it offers its visitors a chance to observe the animals in their natural habitat. Buxa Range provides with ample number of opportunities to trek, a short 5km walk beginning from Santlabari near Sealdah. A trek of an hour from this quaint little village takes you to Buxa Duar and Buxa Tiger reserve. Jayanti Forest located 13 kms from Buxa Duar is one of the most popular treks in the area.

Jhargram: Jhargram is a district in the state of West Bengal, India. It was formed on 4 April 2017, after splitting from the Paschim Medinipur district as the 22nd district of West Bengal. The district has its headquarters at Jhargram. Jhargram is famous for its wooded beauty and topography culminating in the hill ranges of Belpahari, Kankrajhor to the north and Subarnarekha to the south. It is a favorite destination for people who love forests. The ancient temples, royal palaces, and folk tunes and rhythms make this area attractive. The West Bengal Government is planning to establish Jhargram as an independent district.

Most Famous Places In  Jhargram: Chilkigarh Kanak Durga Temple, Sabitri Mandir, Kendua, Medicinal Plant Garden, Ketki Falls, Tribal Museum, Rabindra Park, Jhargram Palace, Jhargram Mini Zoo, Chilkigarh Raj Palace,  Dulung River 

Chilkigarh Kanak Durga Temple: 15 km away from Jhargram lays an ancient temple believed to be built in 1348. The temple was later reconstructed. The temple is surrounded by verdant trees and you will be able to easily spot monkeys around this place, so be careful. A serene river flows here namely Dulung River making the whole place pious.

Sabitri Mandir: At a distance of 3 km from Jhargram, a splendid temple built around 350 year ago is situated. The temple has intricate carvings and beautiful architecture. A lot of devotees come to pray and seek blessings in the temple.

Kendua: 10 km from Jhargram there is a quaint village with the name Kendua. The village is a famous spot for bird watching. The village is replete with lush green trees amongst which birds are live and hide. A lot of migratory birds also migrate to this place and can be seen. The locals are very friendly and make sure you interact with some of them to get the essence of this place.

Medicinal Plant Garden: Known as Amlachoti Medicinal Plant Garden by the locals, this medicinal plant garden is filled with a number of plants that are used as medicines to treat people. The place is covered by trees and plants including trees full of fruits and a lot of plants that cure deadly diseases. It is the best place to spend some time around nature.

Ketki Falls: A beautiful waterfall named Ketki lies in the picturesque beauty of Jhargram. The fall is replete with water and the gushing of water provides the travelers with a spectacular view.

Tribal Museum: Tribal Museum in Jhargram is a must visit place to explore and learn about the tribal that lived in and around this place. The museum is full of artistic and interesting things that will leave you awestruck. The rich history and culture can be seen in the museum through various artifacts.

Rabindra Park: Rabindra Park will provide you with the best of both worlds as it is a park in which a restaurant exists. This an ideal place to spend some quiet time amidst nature eating scrumptious food. The place is full of lush green trees and blooming flowers.

Jhargram Palace: Located at a distance of mere 3 km, Jhargram Palace used to be the home of the king of Jhargram. The Palace has grand and spacious with 10 rooms and 3 dormitories. The best part is that it if you want to feel like a king, you can stay here and get the royal treatment.

Jhargram Mini Zoo: Do not let the name fool you. The mini zoo is actually spread over a vast area with an entire section dedicated to deers calling it ‘Deer Park’.  There are plenty of birds and animals to see which are well kept and healthy. Snakes, peacocks, bears, crocodile and black rabbits are among the few species that can be seen here.

Chilkigarh Raj Palace:Once an affluent palace now lies dilapidated and empty. Chilkigarh Raj Palace is a must visit because even though in ruins this place is nothing less in beauty. The place houses two temples which are popular among devotees.

Dulung River: A pristine river flows through Jhargram which is sacred to the tribal. The place is tranquil with water flowing softly surrounded by trees and greenery. You can even enjoy tea while sitting near the banks from a quaint tea stall that is situated along the banks. This is the best place to spend some peaceful time and relax.

Kolkata: Kolkata, or Calcutta as it was formerly called, is the present capital of the eastern state of West Bengal and one of the most densely populated cities in India. Kolkata became a British trading post in the last part of the 17th Century. The city that once served as the showpiece capital of the British power in India is noted for its colonial buildings including the grand Victoria Memorial. Other important sights include the Howrah Bridge, an engineering marvel that links the city and Howrah Station, and the Indian Museum. Gateway to eastern India and home to prominent intellectuals, the city is known for its easy pace and intellectual prowess.

Most Famous Places In Kolkata: Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Belur Math, Howrah Bridge, Birla Planetarium, Indian Museum, Marble Palace Mansion, Mother House, Science city, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tajpur, Birla Mandir, Eden Gardens, Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Rabindra Sarobar, Kalighat Temple, Shobhabajar Rajbari, Botanical Gardens in Kolkata, Nakhoda Mosque, Alipore Zoo, Sabarna Sangrahashala, Eco Tourism Park, Calcutta Jain Temple, Nicco Park, Prinsep Ghat, Aquatica, Park Street, Chowringhee, ISKCON Kolkata, South Park Street Cemetery, Sonajhuri Forest, St John’s Church, Barrackpore, Jhargram, Baabur Haat, Kamarpukur, Deulti, Hooghly Riverfront, Maidan, Central Park, Millenium Park, Deshapriya Park, Safari Park, Mohor Kunja, Elliot Park, Gitanjali Sports Complex, Kishore Bharati Krirangan, Salt Lake Stadium,  Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Mohunbagan Stadium, Netaji Indoor Stadium

Victoria Memorial: Another relic of the British Raj in India, the Victoria Memorial is located in the heart of Kolkata, in West Bengal. This white marbled opulent structure was built in memory of Queen Victoria to celebrate her 25 years of rule over India and is almost a replica of the Victoria Memorial in London. Victoria Memorial is an iconic structure that is synonymous with the city of joy!

Fort William: The mighty edifice of Fort William is situated in the city of Kolkata, on the eastern bank of the  Hooghly River. Built in the year 1696, the fort is named after King William III and was the first stronghold of the British in the country. The magnificent structure is spread over 70.9 acres and is embellished with hundreds of arched windows that overlook lush green gardens. Meticulous stonework adorns the surface of the building and it took as long as took ten years to reach completion. However, it was soon realized that the building had a few loopholes, and a new octagonal building was constructed whose foundation was laid by Sir Robert Clive.

Belur Math: Belur Math in Kolkata is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Sprawling over forty acres of land on the west bank of the Hooghly River, it is visited by people from all over the world, irrespective of their religious beliefs.

Howrah Bridge: An iconic landmark of Kolkata, Howrah Bridge is a massive steel bridge constructed over the Hooghly River. It is considered to be among the longest cantilever bridges in the world. Also known as Rabindra Setu, it connects Howrah and Kolkata. It carries daily traffic of over 100,000 vehicles and countless pedestrians and is as historic as it is grand. The opulence of the bridge, however, comes alive in the night time as it is all lit up. You can also take a ferry ride as it runs between Kolkata and Howrah, from the launch ghat. The view of the city from the ferry, especially in the night, is priceless, to say the least.

Birla Planetarium: Situated at the famous Chowringhee Road right in the proximity of Victoria Memorial and St. Paul’s Cathedral Birla planetarium is the largest planetarium in Asia and the second largest in the world! Situated in the city of joy – Kolkata, Birla Planetarium is a magnificent edifice set up by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 2nd July 1963. It is one of the three planetariums present in India. Also known as Taramandal, the Birla Planetarium regularly holds many shows and programs are in various languages including Hindi, English, Bengali, and other regional languages. In addition to being a planetarium, Birla Planetarium also has an electronics laboratory and an astronomy gallery that has a collection of paintings and astronomical models.

Indian Museum: The ninth oldest museum of the world and largest in India, the Indian Museum is located in the city of joy – Kolkata. The foundation stone of the Indian Museum was laid down in the year 1814 and has been a centre of multidisciplinary activities ever since. Popularly known as ‘Jadughar’, it has the finest collection of contemporary paintings, sacred relics of Buddha, Egyptian mummies and ancient sculptures. In addition to these, the Indian Museum boasts of some of the most exquisite collections of ornaments, fossils, skeletons, antiques, armours, and stunning Mughal paintings.

Marble Palace Mansion: The Marble palace near the Chorbagan in North Kolkata built in 1835 by Rajendra Mallick is famed for its art collection of masterpieces by Reuben and paintings by various renowned international artists such as Reynolds, Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

Mother House: Mother House or Missionaries of Charity is a religious congregation that was established by Mother Teresa in 1950. It is a Latin Church or a Roman Catholic religious congregation known as Saint Teresa of Kolkata. The members of the Mother House provide free services to the ones stricken by poverty. The house has about 4,500 members of the congregation, commonly known as Sisters who have selflessly devoted their lives to serve the poor and the needy ones. They adhere to the vows of obedience, poverty, chastity and to selflessly and wholeheartedly help to the ones who have been affected by poverty. Their service and kindness have won many a hearts, and today several branches are running all over the world serving the ones who are in need.

Science city: One of its kind in India, the Science city was inaugurated on 1st July 1997. It is a major attraction for the residents of Kolkata as well as for the people visiting Kolkata. It is one of the finest and the largest science museums in the world and provides a fun way of learning science. Under the National Council of Science Museums, the Science City in Kolkata is the largest science centre in the entire Indian Subcontinent. It is a governmental organisation under the Ministry of Culture and the main motto of the Science City was the popularisation of science. It is located at the crossing of the EM Bypass and the JBS Halder Avenue in Kolkata. The science city is a perfect blend of education with fun. There is a special section dedicated to the aquatic world wherein you can learn every minute detail about the various fishes and insects in the aquatic world. 

St. Paul’s Cathedral: Located in the heart of the City of Joy – Kolkata, St Paul’s is an Anglican cathedral that operates under CNI – Church of North India. It is a must-visit for those who seek enriching historical and architectural pleasure on their vacation trips. In the heart of the city, this colossal structure reminds you of the colonial times and takes you down the memory lane. Travellers keep this among the top few must-visit places when they come to Kolkata. It looks most beautiful during the Christmas holidays, when the cathedral, the garden around it as well as the surrounding streets are all bathed in light and festivities.

Tajpur: Tucked between Mandarmani and Shankarpur, Tajpur is a small town set on the Bay of Bengal’s tranquil shore, just 170 kms from Kolkata. Considered to be a serene secret of West Bengal, the virgin beach is hidden away from view and is still untouched by commercialization and tourism. The highlight of the pristine beach are the hundreds of red crabs that are found on the shores, which also give a perfect crimson colour to the beach.

Birla Mandir: Birla Mandir is a stunning structure that adorns the streets of Ballygunge, Kolkata dedicated to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. An imposing structure amalgamating traditional style of architecture with modern reflections, the temple is the perfect specimen of craftsmanship and engineering genius. The construction of this splendid edifice began in the year 1970 and after meticulous work spanning over 26 years, it reached its completion on 21st February 1996. The unique patterns on the wall of the temple are sculpted by the artisans specially called from Agra, Mirzapur and Muzaffarpur. Although the chief deities of the temple is Krishna and Radha, other Gods revered here are Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva, ten avatars of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Durga.

Eden Gardens: Home of cricket in Kolkata, The Eden Gardens is a beautiful, well-maintained cricket stadium located in Kolkata’s B. B. D. Bagh area, near State Secretariat and Calcutta High Court. It was established in the year 1864 and was laid by Governor- General Auckland, who named the gardens and the cricket ground after his sisters Emily and Fanny Eden. Stretched over 50 acres, this cricket stadium has the capacity to seat about 66,349 people and is the second largest stadiums in the world. When it is not hosting some of the most nail-biting sporting events, Eden Gardens also doubles up as a quaint destination for nature lovers.

Jorasanko Thakur Bari: The Bengali name for the House of the Thakurs, the Jorasanko Thakur Bari is the ancestral home of the Tagore family that is located in Jorasanko, in the north of Kolkata in West Bengal in India. This is an enjoyable and exciting place to visit, especially for lovers of history and Bengali literature. The 700 paintings that are exhibited in this ancestral home especially capture the attention of the visitors. What enthrals them, even more, is the self-composed invite of Rabindranath Tagore’s wedding. The museum also houses three different galleries, manuscripts, books and other antique items. 

Birla Industrial & Technological Museum: Being the first scientific and industrial museum in India, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM) is one of the prime attractions of Kolkata and is located on the Gurusaday Road. The museum was set up on 2nd May 1959 and opened to the general public. It was initially known as Birla Park and within three years of its opening was converted into a museum. The palatial structure of museum has led to it becoming a famous tourist attraction famous for its galleries and 3D shows organized in the premises.

Rabindra Sarobar: The erstwhile Dhakuria Lake is an artificial tank in South Kolkata. Spread over 75 acres, it is home to varied migratory birds from Siberia and Russia. The lake is home to many fish. Surrounded by gardens, children’s park and auditorium, this location has been developed over the years to encourage community and welfare. It is a popular recreational spot for idyllic picnics.

Kalighat Temple: Kalighat Temple is located in Kolkata, West Bengal. One of the 51 Shakti Sthals of India, it is one of the most visited Kali temples in India. The spot is where the toes of Sati’s right foot fell during Shiva’s Tandava dance. It is said that Kalighat was where Chowranga Giri, a Dasanami monk, worshipped Ma Kali with great austerity and has thus been known as a religious centre for Ma Kali worship for centuries. This 200-year-old temple embodies the principle that only divine knowledge can subsume sodomized ego, akin to an Asura. This transcendence will lead to moksha, as Ma Kali guides all through their devoted worship of her.

Shobhabajar Rajbari: The Shobhabazar Rajbari is one of the grandest Bengali style houses ever built. It was build by the Royal family of Shobhabazar in Kolkata, and the grandeur is only palpable to the eye.

Botanical Gardens in Kolkata:The Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, better known as the Botanical Garden, is a sprawling garden spanning a total area of 273 acres that is located in Shibpur, Howrah, near Kolkata. The gardens were established in the year 1787 and were commonly known as the Company Garden in that time. It is presently under the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. Today, the vibrant garden is considered to be one of the most stunning landscaped gardens in the entire country with undulating land topography and astonishing artificial lakes. It is a pure delight for nature lovers to visit this area and to spend some quiet and peaceful time in the lap of nature at the gardens.

Nakhoda Mosque: Placed in the Chitpur area in the Burrabazar business district, Nakhoda mosque is one of the busiest Mosques of Kolkata and dates back almost a century. The prayer hall has a seating capacity of 10000, and the domes and minarets have been constructed in keeping with the Fatehpur Sikri style of architecture.

Alipore Zoo: The Alipore Zoo, also known as the Calcutta Zoo or the Zoological Garden of Alipore, is the oldest zoological park to have been established in India and is a major tourist attraction in Kolkata, West Bengal. The Alipore Zoo attracts tourists from all across the nation who visit the zoo to explore the wildlife that thrives here. 

Sabarna Sangrahashala: Designed, developed and maintained by Sabarrna Roy Choudhary Paribar Parishad to preserve and display the heritage of one of the well known families of Bengal- The Sabarna Roy Choudhary family.

Eco Tourism Park: Eco-Tourism Park in Kolkata is an expansive urban park designed to promote eco-tourism in the city. It is the biggest urban park in India and occupies over 475 acres of land. The beauty of the location increases ten folds because of a water body that surrounds the park and forms an island in the middle. It is often visited by picnickers or those who want a quick escape from mundane lives. The beautiful and well-maintained landscape is a perfect retreat for nature lovers. All the facilities provided inside the park are designed to decrease the adverse effects on nature through non-pollution and preservation of the natural landscape.

Calcutta Jain Temple: Pareshnath Jain Temple is a temple complex dedicated to four Jain Teerthankaras. The complex is a beautiful arrangement of these shrines and draws tourists from all over the world. The architecture of the temples consists of intricately carved marbles and glass work and is indeed one of the few temples that have a charismatic vibe. The complex expands over a vast piece of land and is mostly visited by followers of Jainism. The temple complex also houses extremely well-maintained gardens and fountains. Many visitors claim it is not just a religious retreat but also a recreational one because of its architecture.

Nicco Park: Nicco Park is an amusement park frequently visited for entertainment and recreational purposes. It is also called the “Disney Land of West Bengal” and attracts visitors in large numbers throughout the year. The park functions efficiently on solar energy that causes no pollution. Every aspect of the rides here is appropriately explained at the beginning for the visitors to learn. So, one will find charts and boards displayed at the entrance of every ride illustrating the principles used to ensure a safe and fun ride. The park has numerous amusement rides and shows which are not just recreational but educational also. It is, therefore, a favourite amongst parent and youngsters who often prefer the attraction as a picnic spot.

Prinsep Ghat: Prinsep Ghat, located on the banks of River Hooghly, is a majestic structure famous for its Greek/ Gothic inlays. The beauty of Princep Ghat draws architecture and history buffs in large numbers, but even locals visit to absorb the regal vibe of the attraction. With the magnificent Howrah Bridge in the background, watching the sunrise or sunset and taking a long walk in the cool air on the banks of the river are some of the preferred recreational activities here.

Aquatica: Aquatica is a water theme park and resort in Kolkata having many exciting themed rides, slides, entertainment and recreational activities for all their guests. The water park occupies over 75000 square feet of area and provides for a pleasant respite from the scorching summer heat. They provide lockers for the visitors to keep their belongings securely. With many rides one can choose from, the young and the old, both are bound to find something to suit their requirement. Whether one wants to laze around in the pool or go for a thrilling water slide, there’s something for everyone here. In between the ride, if one feels a need for a snack they can head to the restaurant that serves a variety of local and international cuisine.

Park Street: Park Street is a major access route in Kolkata, also officially known as Mother Teresa Sarani. The street begins at Chowringhee Road or JL Nehru road and stretches till Park Circus crossing. It is said that Park Street never sleeps and is always bustling with activities. Being a major hangout spot in the city, it has many pubs and restaurants. Several important routes intersect or originate from Park Street. The street has been a crowd puller since the reign of the British Kingdom and undergone modifications that make it a fashionable hangout spot.

Chowringhee: Chowringhee, officially known as Jawaharlal Nehru Road, is a happening hub and frequently visited by locals for recreational activities and shopping. It is one of the few localities in the city with top end boutiques, hotels, malls, shops and restaurants. The region also has several heritage buildings nearby that tourists can explore. These buildings were built during the British era and are famous for their architecture and historical importance that photographers shouldn’t miss at all.

ISKCON Kolkata: ISKCON Radha Krishna Temple is a highly spiritual place for the devotees. The temple is also called Sri Sri Radha Govind Mandir and mainly focuses on spreading the teachings of Lord Krishna. It is not restricted to any one particular religion as such and welcomes enthusiasts or people interested in learning about these teachings with open arms. The temple is a serene complex that houses beautifully ornamented idols of Goddess Radha and Lord Krishna. The complex is very well maintained and provides for a serene atmosphere for devotees to soak in the heavenly vibes of the deities.

South Park Street Cemetery: South Park Street Cemetery is an 18th-century non-church cemetery, one of the earliest in the world. It is now a heritage site in Kolkata and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. Most of the tombs in the South Park Street Cemetery are aesthetically beautiful and very attractive. It, thus, has a unique charm that draws tourists in large numbers. Some tombs have a mysterious while some have a soothing vibe. One such tomb is grave number 363 which is the oldest and belongs to a woman who never wished to have her name revealed. The tomb architecture is mostly a mix of Gothic and Indo-Saracenic with miniature replicas on stone.

Sonajhuri Forest: Away from the mell pell of the city lies a hidden gem in the state of West Bengal. Considered to be one of the most clean forests in India, Sonajhuri Forest is a great retreat to be close to nature. The Sonajhuri Forest is replete with lush green trees that has blooming flowers. This place is picturesque with quite a number of mesmerizing places to see and explore. This place is untouched by industrialization and is a inhabited by tribal who lead simple lives. The pristine river flowing alongside the forest makes the whole place look even more magical. Just like Tagore, after seeing its beauty, this place might invoke the poet in you.

St John’s Church: St John’s Church is one of the oldest churches in Kolkata that was built during the reign of the British Kingdom when the city was the capital of British India. The church served as Anglican Cathedral till St. Paul’s Cathedral was made the Anglican cathedral in 1847. It is a splendidly well-maintained structure that draws history and architecture buffs for its uniqueness and ancient features. One may notice the unique tall features of St John’s Church which is a characteristic part of the neoclassical architecture. The colour scheme and the stained glass windows add to the character of the structure. The church maintains utmost silence to allow the visitors to sit in peace for at least a moment.

Barrackpore: Barrackpore was the first place where Britishers set up their cantonment and later spread their rules in India. This place is of great historical significance as it was also the first place where the spark to attain I from Britishers was lit. Not to stop at that, this place is also home to some of the most mesmerizing and green parks which are perfect to spend some time lazing around? and relaxing. Pristine temples are also situated in Barrackpore that will purge you soul and invite positive vibes. A visit to Barrackpore will let you enjoy some calm away from the hustle bustle of the city and also give knowledge about one of the most important chapters in the history of India.

Jhargram: Jhargram is small city located in the state of West Bengal with a rich historical and cultural background. Surrounded by dense forests this place is mystical. A perfect place to spend few days in the lap of nature surrounded by friendly tribal population, you are bound to be mesmerized not only by its picturesque beauty but by the gregarious people who inhabit this place. The chirpings of birds will make your heart swell with happiness and you will feel as if you are in paradise.

Baabur Haat:Babur haat is the perfect weekend destination for you and your loved ones if you do wish to take a break from the hectic city life and spend some time close to rustic Bengali rural life. Dominated by natural fishing lakes or bheris, responsible for producing some of the tastiest fish in West Bengal, Babur Haat is a nature paradise. Long stretches rice farmlands, vegetable orchards, mango groves, palm groves and rural homes and temples make a wonderful scenic landscape. Fishing is one of the more popular activities in Babur Haat. You can also go on a short picnic trip to the nearby local village grounds, open spaces of which also allow for outdoor games like badminton and cricket to be played.

Kamarpukur: A cluster of small villages, Kamarpukur is nestled between Vishnupur and Tarakeshwar. Birthplace of a pious and sagacious saint, Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa, this village is perfect getaway from the pell-mell of the cities. In this village you will be able to enjoy the pleasures of simple rural life. This place being pious is filled with positivity and you will feel recharged after visiting it. Replete with temples and scenic beauty this is just the place to unwind from the pressure of all the deadlines that you are struggling to meet.

Deulti:Situated on the bank of river Roopnarayan, Deulti provides for an ideal picnic spot. This small village picnic destination is also accompanied by a handful of tourist attractions, like Samtaber, the hometown of renowned Bengali author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay and the temples of Madangopal and Radha, adorned with embellishments of Terracotta art. If you are a bird lover, keep an eye (read ear) for the chirps of different birds, while you take a walk on the clay paths of the villages. Other popular townships like Kolaghat, Garchumuk and Gadiara are also located nearby Deulti. If you travel by car, Deulti is situated at a distance of about 51 km from Howrah. Alternately, you can avail train services from Howrah station to Deulti station.

Hooghly Riverfront: The very picturesque Hooghly Riverfront is situated along two banks of River Hooghly in West Bengal- Kolkata in the East and Howrah on the West. The mighty river offers mesmerising sunrise and sunset views. After the beautification of the East promenade in 2011, the spot has become a major tourist attraction.

Maidan: Also known as the Brigade Parade Ground, Maidan is the largest urban park in Kolkata. The humongous stretch of land includes the famous Eden Gardens, several football stadiums and the Race Course Kolkata.

Central Park: Also known as Banabitan, Central Park is the second largest urban park after Maidan, situated in Bidhannagar, Kolkata. Built around an expansive lake, the park also has a rose garden which has umpteen varieties of domestic and imported roses. Another attraction in the Central Park is its beautiful butterfly garden which is home to several species of colorful butterflies.

Millenium Park: Spread over an area of 2.5 kms on the banks of River Hooghly in Kolkata, Millenium Park is a privately owned park situated on the Strand Road. The park has beautiful landscaped gardens and numerous slides and swings for kids.

Deshapriya Park: Deshapriya Park is situated in the Kalighat area of South Kolkata and is used for playing outdoor games like cricket, football etc., both by amateur and professional players. In addition to that, Durga Puja is celebrated on a large scale where several pandals are set up in the premises for the celebrations.

Safari Park: Situated near Gariahat Golpark, Safari Park is one of the relatively smaller parks in Kolkata. The park also has a lake on the outskirts that is ideal for early morning walks and evening strolls. A smaller area on the side is also used as a cricket coaching for young kids. The park is buzzing with activity at all times of the day.

Mohor Kunja: Also known as Citizen’s Park, Mohor Kunja is an urban park in Kolkata situated in the premises of Maidan. The highlight of the park are the several musical fountain concerts held in it. It also has well-paved walkways for evening and morning walks and an amphitheater to hold cultural events.

Elliot Park: Inaugurated in 2004, Elliot Park is one of the relatively newer parks to have been developed in the city. The park has a joggers’ stretch of 1.5 km besides the lush green vegetation, swings for children and water fountains.

Gitanjali Sports Complex: Located at Kasba in Kolkata, Gitanjali Sports Complex is the newly established stadium in the city. Running for a length of 57.5 metres, the stadium has a massive seating space for 4000 people. Besides, it has a separate area for indoor games and a gymnasium.

Kishore Bharati Krirangan: Kishore Bharati Krirangan is a multi purpose stadium situated in the south Kolkata neighbourhood of Santoshpur. With a seating capacity of 12000 people, the stadium is mostly used for football and sometimes other sports as well.

Salt Lake Stadium: Known as Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan, Salt Lake Stadium is an international multi-purpose stadium in Bidhannagar, Kolkata. The stadium takes pride in being the largest stadium of the country, it can accommodate upto 1,20,000 people.

Rabindra Sarobar Stadium: Rabindra Sarobar Stadium is situated in the centre of the city of Kolkata in Rabindra Sarovar. Believed to be the oldest stadiums of the city, the stadium has a seating capacity of 20,000 people and host some of the important football matches.

Mohunbagan Stadium: Mohunbagan Stadium is the oldest and the first stadium in the country. It is also the place of inception of the very famous Mohunbagan Club. The stadium is considered the best in Kolkata as its emerald green grass cover is imported from Brazil.

Netaji Indoor Stadium: Officially named as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Netaji Indoor Stadium is a multi-purpose indoors stadium in Babughat, Kolkata, opposite the Eden Gardens. The fully air-conditioned stadium is used to host various domestic and international events.

Kalimpong: The tag of Kalimpong Town“God’s own country” may lie with kerala in the tourist maps,but visitors to this serence and breathtakingly beautiful little town will beg to differ. With lush green valleys, a panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayan rangs, the snow-clad Kanchenjunga kissing the blue sky, the mild weather and the relaxd atmosphere, Kalimpong undoubtedly is place where tourists can have a holiday of a lifetime. Far from the maddening crowds, away from the hustle and bustle of city life,Kalimpong offers its visitors a vacation unlike any other.

Most Famous Places In Kalimpong: Tharpa Choling Monastery, Thongsa Gompa, Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery, Mangal Dham Temple, Hanuman Temple, Durga Mandir,  Kali Mandir, MacFarlane Memorial Church, Pine View Nursery, Nurseryman’s Haven, Shanti Kunj Nursery, Shahid Park, Rishi Bankim Chandra Park, Neora Valley National Park, Jelepla Viewpoint, Deolo Hill, Dr. Graham’s Home, Pratima Devi Tagore House, Crookety House, Morgan’s House,  Lepcha Museum, Nature Interpretation Centre, Haat Bazaar,  Lava And Lolegaon, Tiffin Dara Viewpoint , Pedong, Lamahatta,   Siliguri, Kurseong, Teesta Bazaar 

Tharpa Choling Monastery: Kalimpong is a religious center of Buddhism, mostly include monasteries and temples. One such ancient, spiritual place is the Tharpa Choling Monastery situated off the KD Pradhan Road. If you are a peace lover, this place will be of your interest. Visit the Tharpa Choling Monastery for its vibrant colors, tranquility, and calm. Timings: 9 am – 6 pm everyday Entry: Free Tip: Don’t forget to visit the museum.

Thongsa Gompa: Thongsa Gompa should definitely be on your Kalimpong sightseeing list. It is the oldest monastery in the area and boasts of a serene and spiritual ambiance.  Apart form giving you a surreal experience it will let you taste the thrill in Kalimpong. Things to do: Tourists can attend the prayer services that the monks carry out. Fact: Thongsa Gompa has 219 prayer wheels, unlike the usual 108 at most other monasteries.

Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery: Durpin Hill, the Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery was established in 1970 and consecrated by His Holiness Dalai Lama six years later. Visit this place for its striking architecture and a splendid view from the Durpin Hill. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Kalimpong, Sikkim. Timings: 9 am – 5 pm everyday Entry: Free

Mangal Dham Temple: The Mangal Dham Temple is among the popular tourist places in Kalimpong. The prayer hall of the temple is on the upper floor, as on the ground floor lies the samadhi of Guruji Shri Mangaldas Ji. The many paintings in the temple depict various scenes from Krishna Leela. It is a well-maintained temple and the religious tourists mostly flock to this place.

Hanuman Temple: The Hanuman Temple in Kalimpong is another quick stopover. You need to climb a set of stairs to reach the Hanuman statue which is the tallest in northeast India. Being one of the best places to visit in Kalimpong, India, you must add this to your itinerary while holidaying there.

Durga Mandir:Dedicated to goddess Durga, this mandir is a few yards from the Hanuman temple. The temple is small, but boasts of a beautiful garden. The surrounding hills add to its aura and charm. Seek your blessings here. When looking for places to visit in Kalimpong in one day, this temple shouldn’t be missed out from your itinerary. This is one of the most-visited temples and will add a religiously peaceful touch to your fun trip!

Kali MandirThe Kali Mandir is yet another place that should be on your Kalimpong sightseeing list. Tourists here offer their gratitude and prayers to Goddess Kali. The Kali Bari has an open terrace and offers an enchanting view of the town. This is one of the places to visit in Kalimpong, Sikkim if you are traveling with your family. Renowned in town, this temple is mostly visited by those who are staunch believers of the goddess.

MacFarlane Memorial Church: Constructed by a Scottish missionary in the 1890s, the MacFarlane Memorial Church is a prominent landmark and amongst the famous places to see in Kalimpong. Built on an elevation, it is visible from across the town and is strategically located. Best time to visit: 9 am – 5 pm on Sundays Note: Photography, eating, and drinking are not allowed inside the church.

Pine View Nursery:The ever fascinating and ever splendid northeast is home to some of the most beautiful nurseries in the country and the Pine View Nursery in Kalimpong is one of them. For all you nature enthusiasts out there, this should definitely be on your Kalimpong sightseeing list. Fact: There are hundreds of varieties of cactus on display at the Pine View Nursery. Tip: The exotic flora and lush greenery is best enjoyed with a piping hot cup of tea.

Nurseryman’s Haven: Holumba – right across Mount Kanchenjunga – is spread over two acres and is water fed by a natural spring. Nurseryman’s Haven is an orchid nursery in Holumba that would definitely remind you of a British countryside. They specialize in Indo-Burmese orchids and exotic tubers, rhizomes, and seeds. Tip: You can choose to rest in the Holumba homestay after visiting the Nurseryman’s Haven and savor your senses with local food, books, and tea.

Shanti Kunj Nursery: Located near the Bong Post Office, the Shanti Kunj Nursery produces and exports cacti, gladioli, and succulents. The best time to visit most of these nurseries is during the flower festival in October. If you are interested in nature and you are a nature lover, then do visit this nursery! Timings: 8:30 am – 12 pm and 1:30 pm – 4 pm on all days except Saturday.

Shahid Park: A small monument and park, Shahid Park was established in the memory of the 1200 Gorkhas who died fighting for Gorkhaland between 1986 to 1988. Holding a cultural and historical significance, this park is a must visit for those who are curious about the historical aspects. Moreover, it is the perfect spot where you can take your kids. Ideal for a leisure stroll, this park can be visited in the evening and can also be added to your list of places to visit in Kalimpong in one day. Fact: Shahid Diwas is held on 27th July every year to remember the Gorkhaland martyrs.

Rishi Bankim Chandra Park: Preferred by both the tourists and locals alike, Rishi Bankim Chandra Park is one of the many popular places to visit in Kalimpong. Revel amidst the pine trees and the sweeping landscapes, the mere sight of which should rejuvenate you. Tip: You can also stop by at the Army Golf Course, which is considered to be the most beautiful golf course in India, and take in the awe-inspiring landscape.

Neora Valley National Park: Your Kalimpong trip is incomplete without a trip to the Neora Valley National Park – one of the richest biological zones in northeast India. The endangered species of the Red Panda and the Black Asiatic Bear inhabit this place. What to expect: Pristine landscapes, lush greenery, exotic wild animals, and rare species of birds. Fact: Rachela pass, the highest point of this park, forms a boundary with Sikkim and Bhutan. Note: An entry permit that is available at the forest range office is required to visit this park. Tip: The park remains closed during monsoons. So, you might want to plan accordingly.

Jelepla Viewpoint: Listed among the major tourist places in Kalimpong, the Jelepla Viewpoint is maintained by the Indian Army. The daunting roads and confluence of the rivers Teesta, Relli, & Reang can be viewed through wired fences. Jelepla Viewpoint also offers a splendid view of the snowcapped Mount Kanchenjunga and the Jelepla Pass that was once used for trade with Tibet.

Deolo Hill: The Deolo Hill is the highest point in town and is among the famous Kalimpong tourist places. On a clear day, you can view the mighty Himalayas, the neighboring states, and the surrounding villages of Relli & Teesta valley. Tip: The park located atop this hill is an excellent picnic spot. Relax amidst the mountains and the beautifully landscaped gardens.

Dr. Graham’s Home: Founded in 1900 by Reverend Dr. John Anderson Graham, this school is considered to be a mini town in itself. Sprawling over approximately 500 acres, Dr. Graham’s Home is situated on the lower slopes of Deolo Hill. You can visit the museum & the library, catch a football match in the ground (people here love football), or simply take in the grand old colonial architecture. Tip: Don’t forget to treat yourself at the bakery outside.

Pratima Devi Tagore House: The Pratima Devi Tagore House was built in 1943 by Pratima Devi, Rabindranath Tagore’s daughter-in-law. The house pays homage to the Nobel Laureate. Although the house is well maintained, it is usually overlooked and does find its way to the Kalimpong sightseeing tours for most tourists. Also visit: Another place for the Tagore enthusiasts is the Gouripur House where he penned some of his memorable verses. The house is in a dismal state and requires restoration. Tip: You can also watch local theatre groups perform at the Town Hall.

Crookety House:It was at the Crookety House that the famous Russian philosopher and writer Helena Roerich spent the last 7 years of her life. The house, today, is among the Kalimpong tourist places. Thronged by people aiming to escape the stifling expat bubble, the building is known for its colloquial European architecture.

Morgan’s House: Now a tourist lodge under the West Bengal Tourist Development Corporation, Morgan’s House is an old British bungalow. This sprawling haveli should be visited for its beautiful architecture and for the rare varieties of birds that may be spotted in the vicinity. But watch out! Locals claim it to be one of the most haunted hotels in India.

Lepcha Museum: Approximately 2 km from the main city, the Lepcha Museum is the cultural centre and one of the most traditional Kalimpong places to visit. It houses various articles of worship, musical instruments, and clothing; thus upholding the traditions & the heritage of the Lepcha community. Timings: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm from Monday – Friday and 10 am – 12 pm on Saturday.

Nature Interpretation Centre: A great initiative by the Forest Department, the Nature Interpretation Centre situated on Ringking Pong Road is among the popular places to visit in Kalimpong. The museum works towards spreading awareness about various environmental hazards. Photographs, books, and sculptures are available here for the same. Timings: 10 am – 4 pm; Friday – Wednesday Entry: Free

Haat Bazaar: A market held only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Haat Bazaar is your answer to cheap shopping in Kalimpong. People splurge on food, clothes, accessories, and other everyday products. Drop by if you happen to be in town if only to take in the vibrant street shopping atmosphere. Where: Between Relli and RC Mintri Roads When: Wednesday and Saturday Don’t miss: The thukpa and momos here are mouth watering.

Lava And Lolegaon: Surrounded by forests, Lava is a beautiful mountain village that can be reached in an hour and a half from Kalimpong. It is a delight for nature lovers and bird watchers. Popular tourist places in the vicinity include the Neora Valley National Park, Silviculture Research Centre, and Changey falls. At an approximate distance of 24 km from Lava, Lolegaon is another small mountain village hidden away in the quaint hills. It is locally known as Kaffer and can be covered along with Lava in one day. Tourists can take a canopy walk or simply enjoy spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga range from Lolegaon.

Tiffin Dara Viewpoint: The second highest spot in West Bengal, the Tiffin Dara Viewpoint is a 3 km uphill trek from Rishyap and is a must see among places to visit near Kalimpong. It gives a magnificent view of the Himalayas, the Nathula Pass, and the Jelepla Pass. One of the top places to visit in Kalimpong, this tourist attraction is ideal for the purpose of trekking. Adventure lovers must consider adding this place to their itinerary when visiting Kalimpong. Things to do: Trekking and sightseeing.

Pedong: A serene Kalimpong tourist spot, Pedong lies 20 km east of Kalimpong on the historic Silk Road. The ageless hills offer a blend of history, nature, and culture. Popular tourist places in Pedong include Pedong monastery, Damsung fort, Silence valley, Cross hill, Rikisum, Ramitey view point, and Tinchuley view point. Things to do: Hang gliding and paragliding Note: Ramitey offers the longest and the best view of river Teesta.

Lamahatta: Approximately 31 km from Kalimpong, Lamahatta is a serene getaway. It is known for the tea estates and the Roadside Garden which are amongst the many famous tourist spots near Kalimpong. Tourists can simply sit and relax in the wooden gazebos at the Roadside Garden and take in the view of the thick canopy and colourful prayer flags. There’s a sense of calmness lingers in and around Lamahatta that makes up for a peaceful holiday. If you’re looking for offbeat places near Kalimpong, then this should be on the top of your list!

Siliguri: Siliguri is an important town as it connects northeast India with the rest of the country. It is one of the famous and significant Kalimpong tourist spot. It is a cosmopolitan city with modern amenities and boasts of diverse places to visit near Kalimpong. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Iskcon Temple, Coronation Bridge. Salugara Monastery are only some of the popular sightseeing places in Siliguri. And then there is the colorful Hong Kong market where tourists can indulge in shopping.

Kurseong: At an approximate three hours’ drive from Kalimpong, Kurseong offers idyllic scenery, sprawling tea estates, and quaint settlements. Popular sightseeing spots in Kurseong are Eagle’s Craig, Giddapahar Viewpoint, and Dow Hill. Tip: Take the toy train for a breathtaking view of the hills. Note: Lookout for the cannabis plantations across the town. Yes, you read us right.

Teesta Bazaar: Famous for its local splendor, the main market is among the popular tourist places near Kalimpong. Shop for local items and collect souvenirs to fondly remember your trip. The Teesta Bazaar is famous for crockery, Tibetan jewelry, footwear, scrolls, lanterns, handmade wallets, and food items. Tip: Indulge in white water rafting and try thukpa & other local dishes.

Malda: Malda is a district covering area of 3733 sq Km with Bihar and Uttar Dinajpur at North , Murshidabad at South , Bangladesh at east , and Jharkhand and Bihar at West. It shares 165.5 km international border with Bangladesh. Having a central location it is an important junction and entry point to Siliguri from South Bengal. The river Ganga makes its first entry in West Bengal near Manikchak of Malda. As it is a low lying basin, it is prone to flood.

Most Famous Places In Malda: Dakhil Darwaza, Gour, Firoz Minar, Chamkati Masjid Chika Mosque,   Temple of Jauhra Kali, Adina Dear Park, Adina Mosque,  Malda Museum, Baroduari Mosque,  Jagjibanpur, Kadam Rasul Mosque, Eklakhi Mausoleum (Pandua), Luko Churi Gate, Lattan Mosque

Dakhil Darwaza: A very important monument, located in Gaur, Dakhil Darwaza is a surviving ruin of an old castle from the 15th century. The gate itself is a gateway to a fort. In the south-east corner of the fort, high wall encloses the ruins of an old palace. The gate is also popularly known as Salaami Darwaza as cannons used to be fired from it.

Gour: If you wish to explore the rich and diverse history of Bengal, Gour is the place for you. Located along the banks of the holy river Ganges, this is one of the oldest residential colonies existing in the state. Although the place is now in ruins, its unique history and magnificent architecture are more than enough to attract tourism from places far and wide. This settlement was the capital of ancient Bengal and was also a center of political and state affairs relating to the realm.

Firoz Minar: The Minar is located a kilometer away from the Dakhil Darwaza. Built during Sultan Saifuddin Feroze Shah’s rule, this five-storey tower is often touted as Malda’s Qutab Minar.  The first three storeys of the tower have twelve adjacent faces each, and the uppermost two storeys are circular in shape. The tourists can take the flight right up till the top of the tower. It is built in the Tughlaqi style of architecture and is also known as the Pir-Asha-Minar or the Chiragdani.

Chamkati Masjid Chika Mosque: Sultan Yusuf Shah built the Mosque in 1475. The name has a very unique origin. It is called the Chika Mosque because it sheltered a number of Chikas i.e. bats. In addition to beautiful Arabic carvings, which are still partly visible, the mosque also bears Hindu temple architecture, adding to its uniqueness.

Temple of Jauhra Kali: Amongst the plethora of Muslim Relics, Malda also has a famous Hindu Temple – The Temple of Jauhra Kali. The temple is beautiful, made on a raised platform and surrounded by trees.  Devotees believe to have had miraculous results from praying in the temple. Even otherwise, the beautiful brown temple and its simple architecture is sure to catch your eye.

Adina Dear Park:About 20 km off Malda is the Adina Deer Park. The park is an excellent place to witness numerous deer in their natural habitat. Cheetals or Spotted Deer and Nilgai are the two most famous species here. The park is governed by the forest department and also serves as a home for numerous migratory birds.

Adina Mosque: Adina Mosque bears a strong resemblance to the Great Mosque of Damascus as it consists of bricks designed with stones. Built by Sikandar Shah in the 14th century, the second sultan of the Ilyas dynasty, the Adina Mosque was the largest mosque in India at the time. A lot of natural calamities have damaged it but haven’t been able to take away its marvelous glory. It is often said that the mosque was built by the king to commemorate his victory over the then king of Delhi – Firoz Shah Tughluq.

Malda Museum: Located off Bandh road, the Malda Museum preserves the architectural and anthropological samples of the region dating back to 1500 year old artifacts.

Baroduari Mosque: The Baroduari Mosque is the largest in Malda. The Mosque’s name, literally means 12 doors, though it has only eleven. The mosque was started by Allauddin Hussein Shah, but he died before its completion. The construction was later completed by his son, Nasiruddin Nusrat Shah. The mosque was the first of its kind, built in Arabic style architecture.

Jagjibanpur: Situated about 35 km off Malda town, Jagjivanpur, which is now an important archeological sight was a long forgotten place until the discovery of a copper-plate inscription of the Pala emperor Mahendrapaladeva and the structural remains of a 9th-century Buddhist Vihara – Nandadirghika-Udranga Mahavihara.

Kadam Rasul Mosque: Kadam Rasool Mosque derives its name from the stone tablet, which bears the footprints of Prophet Muhammad, kept in the mosque. The mosque was built in 1530 by Sultan Nasiruddin Nusrat Shah. The thing that makes this mosque stand out are the four black marble towers on its four corners. Opposite to the mosque is Fateh Khan’s tomb, a commander of the Aurangzeb army. Ironically, the tomb is made in Hindu Chala style.

Eklakhi Mausoleum (Pandua): One of the most breathtaking sites of Pandua, this tomb is truly one of a kind. It has an inscription of Lord Ganesh and a converted son of a Hindu Emperor is believed to have been buried here.

Luko Churi Gate: The Lakhchhipi Darwaza or Lukochuri Gate is built on the South East corner of the Kadam Rasool Mosque. Shah Shuja is believed to have built this imposing structure back in 1655 in the Mughal architectural style. The name is derived from the game of hide & seek that the king used to play with his begums. However, who built this structure is unclear. Another school of historians claim that it was built by Allauddin Hussein Shah in 1522 and this double-storeyed Darwaza operated as the main gateway to the palace.

Lattan Mosque: A lot of tales surround the construction of this mosque. However, historians believe it was built by Sultan Shamsuddin Yusuf Shah in 1475. The structure was originally built with intricate work of precious stones and colors. Some of the past remnants are still visible. Due to its once colorful demeanor, the Mosque is popularly called the Painted Mosque. The mosque has an arched roof, supported by octagonal pillars.

Paschim Medinipur: Paschim Medinipur District Chamber of Commerce & Industry, popularly known as PMDCCI was established with a view to unite the entire business community of the district for safeguarding the legitimate interest, dignity, honour and respect of the trade and industry fraternity.Rendering services to the common people has been one of the prime objectives ever since its inception. We have established our office at Ganapati Bose Smriti Sadan at Sadarghat, Midnapore Town which act as District Headquarter.Chamber’s membership is spread all over the district. The chamber has traversed a glorious journey of more than a decade of remarkable services rendered not only to the trade and industry community but also to the society in general has indeed made its each and every member proud. Be it a matter related to industrial development, Road network, Telephone services, Electricity, Banking, Railways, Taxation, Pollution Control, Civic Amenities, Labour, Law and Order etc. PMDCCI acts as a bridge between the trade/industry & different departments of State & Central Govt.

Most Famous Places In Paschim Medinipur: Tamluk, Chandrakona, Jora Masjid, Jhargram Palace, St. Johns Church, Kali temple, Dantan, Chilkigarh Kanak Durga mandir & Forest Area (Chilkigarh), Ruins of the Hall of Brahmo Samaj, The Jagannath Temple, Bargabheema Temple

Tamluk: Tamluk city, the headquarter of the Purba Medinipur district is situated on the bank of the Rupnarayan River in the east. It is a historical city, surrounded by the Bay of Bengal in South and Subarnarekha River in the West. It was historically known as Tamralipti/Tamralipta and has got a lot in store for its visitors who would want to get a peek into the pages of history.

Chandrakona: Chandrakona is another such town, very close to Medinipur. The town has some of the most magnificent sites found in the entire district. These include the Fort of Ramgarh and Lalgarh, built by the Chauhan kings. The Palace of King Chandraketu is another very prominent attraction of this town. While in the town, you may also want to visit the ancient Mahadev Temple. The temple has a long history of destruction and was later rebuilt by a Brdwan King. 

Jora Masjid: The Jora Masjid, literally mean twin mosques, as these are two mosques built side by side. One of the most popular destination in Midnapore, the Masjid is built with white marble in ancient Islamic architectural styles. The place should be seen around the time of Eid. The entire place is decorated with lights and flowers, spell binding every on looker.

Jhargram Palace: Jhargram, near Midnapore, is another famous tourist destination. It is particularly known for the Jhargram Raj Palace, which has now been turned into a hotel and provides rooms for people who wish to stay in the palace. A beautiful and very well maintained Radha Krishna Temple is another prime attraction of this palace.

St. Johns Church: One of the very unique things that Medinipur offers is that you can find places of worship for nearly every religion in this rather small town. The St. John Church is one of the most popular Churches in the entire district. The ancient looking small church has a graveyard next to it.

Kali temple: The Kali Temple in Nutan bazaar is very popular. Idols of Kali are highly revered in this area. The evening prayer held at the temple is especially witnessed by devotees, who some times travel from nearby towns. The temple construction is done in old Indian ‘Panchratana’ Style.

Dantan:Dantan is located inside the main town. in addition to the very appealing local bazaar, Dantan also has the Temple of Samoleswar Mahadev and the lake of Bidyadhar Puskarini, all at a distance of a few meters from one another.

Chilkigarh Kanak Durga mandir & Forest Area (Chilkigarh): The premises of the Mandir has the main building and a small tract of forest in the same vicinity. The beautiful, calming temple and forest is a splendor in itself. The forest has numerous bushes of rare herbs, some whose medicinal properties aren’t even fully known. There are many butterflies, swans, peacocks etc which run free in the mandire area and the forest. The temple area is located at a distance of about 12 kms from the Jhargram Palace.

Ruins of the Hall of Brahmo Samaj: In its earlier days, Brahmo Samaj had considerable influence on societal norms. The original Brahmo Samaj Mandir built decades ago is now in ruins. The place is very old and is overgrown by marshes and plants. It is especially recommended for photographers to see this place. A new building that now houses the Bramho Samaj hall has been built and can also be seen.

The Jagannath Temple: The three temples are situated in close proximity to one another in the Dantan region. The temples are all made from the same kind of rock and each houses a different idol. They are surrounded by trees and each have a shaded area for devotees to sit in peace.

Bargabheema Temple: A very attractive tourist spot in Tamluk is the Bargabheema Temple. The temple is devoted to Devi Bargabheema, a form of Goddess Kali. Believed to be nearly 1200 years old, the temple is believed to fulfill all wishes of devotees of the goddess. It is also believed that the sculpture of the Goddess was crafted by Lord Viswakarma himself. This temple is considered as 51 shakti peth of mother Durga. It is believed that Sati’s left ankle fell here.

Purba Medinipur: Purba Medinipur district is part of the lower Indo-Gangetic Plain and Eastern coastal plains. Topographically, the district can be divided into two parts – (a) almost entirely flat plains on the west, east and north, (b) the coastal plains on the south. The vast expanse of land is formed of alluvium and is composed of younger and coastal alluvial. The elevation of the district is within 10 meters above the mean sea level.

Most Famous Places In Purab Medinipur: Udaipur Beach, Shankarpur Beach, Talseri Beach, Mandarmani Beach, Amarabati Park, Chandpur Beach, Marine Aquarium,  Wonder Land (Kajal Dighi), Digha Ropeway, Chandaneswar Temple,  Mahishadal Rajbari, Digha Mohona Watch Point

Udaipur Beach: Although Udaipur (also spelled as Udaypur) is not as famous as the other beaches in West Bengal, that certainly is no reason to give it a miss! After all, once you visit Digha, you might as well visit Udaipur, as the latter is located about 3km from it. The shoreline, dotted with rows of casuarina trees, is beautiful. It is not as crowded as the other beaches, and that in itself is a big draw for many tourists. You will come across makeshift stalls dotting the beach which sell a variety of seafood including crabs, fishes and jumbo prawns. An interesting experience awaits you at the Udaipur Beach in the form of a scooter ride on the shore. Of course, you can always sit back and watch the waves lapping the shore.

Shankarpur Beach: Shankarpur is a virgin beach town located 14 km east of Digha. It is also a regular fishing harbour. The mornings are cool, when fishermen can be seen hauling their huge nets out of the sea. Here, the morning sun reflecting on the sea waves in the east and the local fishing boats on the coast offer excellent photographic opportunities. Shankarpur Beach is another coastal strip in the adjacent region to Mandarmoni. The beach is also referred as a twin beach of Digha.

Talseri Beach: Located in Baleswar district of Odisha and at a distance of 10 Km from Digha, the Talasari beach is pristine, serene and has been bestowed with spectacular panorama. There are secret beaches, beaches which are beyond the reach of contamination, beaches that refresh our senses and Talasari is one such place. This virgin beach has sand dunes, calmer waves amid several palm trees, coconut trees, cashew trees known to be the last beach on the north eastern coast of India. Talasari gets its name from Tala (rhythm) and Sari (row)- the rhythm formed by a well arrayed lush green belt and golden sands with an occasional red fleck (thanks to the red crabs ambling around) meeting the enormous sea, which is almost melodious. Being a fisherman’s paradise, Talasari doesn’t experience much tourist rush.

Mandarmani Beach: Mandarmani is a seaside resort village in East Medinipur district and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It is one of the large and fast developing seaside resort village of West Bengal. It is almost 180 km from Kolkata Airport on the Kolkata – Digha route. Red crabs crawling around the 13 km long beach is a special attraction of Mandarmani. It is argued to be the longest driveable (drive in) beach in India. Geomorphologic-ally, this area has relatively low waves than nearer tourist beach of Digha. However still this beach is deposition with formation of neo dunes in several areas specially around Dadanpatrabar.

Amarabati Park: Amidst the coastal beauty of the quaint town of Digha lies the Amarabati Park, a little natural wonderland for those looking to find some peace and quiet while admiring the lush greenery of a well-maintained park. Situated less than a kilometre away from the New Digha beach, the Amarabati park boasts of pristine lawns filled with a rich diversity of seasonal flowers delicately fringing the mini-lake situated in the centre of the park. A ropeway ride across the length of the park offers visitors a breathtaking view the New Digha region and the lovely park below.

Chandpur Beach: Flanked on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chandpur Beach is one of the less popular and less crowded beaches near Kolkata. Boasting of a beautiful sea side view and clear emerald water, the beach is considered ideal to relax and unwind. The beach, however, is different than the other beaches in the region. Its banks are slightly eroded and there is recession caused by the sea water.

Marine Aquarium:The short answer is NO! In the past, saltwater aquariums were thought of as being mysterious and difficult to maintain. At the time that may have been true, but that’s no longer the case today. The saltwater aquarium hobby continues to grow in popularity thanks to the development of quality equipment and support products, along with a better understanding of the needs of marine organisms and how to provide for them. This has led many freshwater hobbyists and complete novices to try their hand at keeping saltwater aquariums.

Wonder Land (Kajal Dighi): Wonder Land (Kajal Dighi) is a fun place to visit for people of all ages. The park has great attractions like a train model and many swings that you can enjoy. If you are travelling with kids then visiting this park is a must as it is has many kids’ friendly attractions. The place is also known for its tranquil views and thus is a great place to visit. Boating is also an activity you can do here.

Digha Ropeway: DIGHA is a popular holiday destination in West Bengal. It has a beautiful beach side and is visited by more than 40 lakh vacationers in a year. The cable car is built within the premises of Amrabati Park, and traverses the beautiful lake and greenery of the park. The cable car ride adds an adventurous attraction to the quaint town of Digha.

Chandaneswar Temple: Chandaneswar is an acclaimed religious and cultural site of North Odisha which is famous for Lord Shiva temple. Chadak Mela is an important festival of this holy shrine. During Chadak Mela(month of April) and Shivarati lakhs of pilgrims, devotees of Odisha , West Bengal, Bihar and other places of India visit place to pay obeisance to Lord Chandaneswar.

Mahishadal Rajbari: A palace built by Janardan Upadhyay who often came to the region for business. The area comprises two palaces, an old one and a new one. The new one is inhabited by the successors of the royal family. The ground floor rooms have a good collection of stuffed bodies of animals, paintings, furniture etc. The famous Krishna Temple, Gopaljee Temple, is situated in the courtyard of this palace.

Digha Mohona Watch Point: Digha Mohana Sunrise View is the confluence of sea and river. The Bay of Bengal and the Champa River meet at this Mohana. The Champa River originates from this Mohana. From this Mohana you can see sunrise, big waves of the sea, dried fish shops, big boats, various stalls, tea stalls and huge gardens full of trees. There is also a paved road, which goes straight into the sea. Standing on this road, you can see the great view of the sea with your own eyes.

Murshidabad: The name ‘Murshidabad’ comes from the place known as “Muksudabad” which was the capital of Bengal during Murshid Quli Khan’s rule. Before the advent of British, the city of Murshidabad was the capital of Bengal. It has a great significance in the Indian History as in 1757 the British defeated Siraj–ud–Daula in the Battle of Plassey, after which the entire nation was brought under the British Colonial Rule. Even after the conquest of Bengal by the British, Murshidabad remained for some time the seat of administration.

Most Famous Places In Murshidabad: Hazarduari Palace, Nizmat Imbambara, Shopping in Murshidabad, Footi Mosque, Wasif Manzil,  Moti Jheel, Madina, Khosh Bagh, Belampore Market, Murshidabad District Museum, KathGola, Katra Mosque, Jafarganj Cemetery, Nasirpur Palace, Jahan Kosha Cannon

Hazarduari Palace: Spread over a massive area of 41 acres, the magnificence of Murshidabad’s Hazarduari Palace is second to none. This stunning structure spreads over a massive area of 41 acres on the Kila Nizamat campus, and its splendour is second to none. The breathtaking palace is located on the banks of River Bhagirathi and is famous for its grandeur. Tourists from all over the world flock this attraction every year to escape the present and get a glimpse of the Nawabi lifestyle. The name roughly translates to ‘a thousand doors’ as this palace is embellished with a thousand ornamental gateways. Out of these, 900 doors are real, and the rest are false doors which were built to confuse any intruders. The construction style of the palace is an amalgam of Italian and Greek architectural styles and is a great example of Murshidabad’s rich cultural heritage.

Nizmat Imbambara: On the northern side of the palace lies The Nizamat Imambara, built in 1847 AD by Nawab Nazim Mansoor Ali Khan Feradun Jah, son of Humayun Jah. The stunning mosque was built after the Imambara built by Siraj-ud-Doula got burnt down in a fire. The mosque complex is known to be the biggest in Bengal, and maybe even India.

Shopping in Murshidabad: An opportunity to shop in Murshidabad is perhaps too tempting to pass up on. Colored in the rich culture of Bengal, this city has a lot to offer when it comes to shopping. Ranging from fine handicrafts to beautiful saris, you can find almost anything and everything in this destination. The brass and bell metal ware of this place is also quite popular and makes up for a great souvenir of this charming city.

Footi Mosque: Footi mosque was started by Nawab Sarfaraz Khan. It is located towards the east of the Hazarduari Palace, at Kumrapore. The mosque is believed to be the brainchild of Sarfaraz Khan alone. The mosque could not be completed and is often rumored to have been built in one night.

Wasif Manzil: This Palace was built by Nawab Wasif Ali Mirza Khan, Nawab of Murshidabad. Located at the south end of Hazarduari Palace, it is touted as the ‘new palace’ because it was built much later. The palace is smaller but equally beautiful. In addition to the architecture, the numerous marble statues it houses are sure to catch your eye. The palace used to have an artificial hill and landscape on its side which got destroyed along with most of the palace in the earthquakes of 1867. The palace was restored, but the hill was never reconstructed.  

Moti Jheel: Motijheel used to comprise of a palace and a beautiful lake. The lake still survives, while the palace perished. Motijheel is one of the few places that reflects both Indian and British history. This beautiful horseshoe shaped lake was excavated by Nawazesh Mohammad, the husband of the famous Ghasseti Begum. Motijheel later served as a residence for Lord Clive, Warren Hastings and a host of other important British Lords.

Madina: Madina is a small mosque between the Palace and the Imambara. It is one of the most sacred Muslim places in Bengal. Made to replicate Hazrat Muhammad’s tomb at Madina, the original mosque’s foundation had soil from Mecca, before it got destroyed in the fire.  

Khosh Bagh: The beautiful, near 8 acre, garden area is actually a cemetery. It has the grave of Nawab Alivardi Khan along with Alivardi’s Mother, Siraj-ud-Doula, his wife Lutfannesha and other members of the Nawab family.

Belampore Market: Murshidabad Silk Kora Sarees are a very popular variety of sarees. With its origin in Murshidabad, these sarees are famous for their intricate designs and pattern works.

Murshidabad District Museum: Started in 1965, the museum took almost 20 years to complete and finally started operations in 1985. Built on the land donated by Late Rai Bahadur Surendra Narayan Singha of Jiaganj, the museum showcases largely his personal collections.

KathGola:Located a few kilometers off Murshidabad, this palace complex, built originally to entertain European and Muslim guests during trade visits, is a marvel of its own. The pace Kathgola (wood war house) acquires its name from the lumbre yard that used to be functional in the area before the palace was built. Built ahead of its times, the place is more than just a palace.

Katra Mosque: Another striking tourist spot of Murshidabad and perhaps one of the most well maintained too, Katra Mosque was built in 1724 by Murad Farash Khan, a devoted follower of Murshid Quli Khan. The mosque is also a tomb of Quli Khan who is buried under the flight of stairs comprising the entrance to the mosque from the eastern end.

Jafarganj Cemetery: Located about a mile from Hazarduari Palace is the Jafarganj Complex. Mir Jafar originally built his palace in this three and a half acre land. But now the place serves as a cemetery for Mir Jafar and many family members of his. Mir Jafar’s father Syud Ahmed Nazafi, Alivardi Khan’s sister, Shahkhanum, Mir Jafar’s widows, Munni Begam and Babbu Begam are some of the important people buried in the area.

Nasirpur Palace: Built by the descendants of Debi Singh, a tax collector in the early days of East India Company, Nasirpur Palace is another major tourist attraction of Murshidabad. In addition to the palace, the complex has Ramachandra Temple, one of the biggest temples of the district and The Lakshmi-Narayana Temple, famous for its Jhulanjatra celebrations.

Jahan Kosha Cannon: Jahan Kosha is a kilometer off Katra. Janardan Karmakar of Dhaka, a small craftsman at the time, built this imposing cannon. The 7 ton Cannon literally menas ‘the Destroyer of the World’. In addition to the 18 feet tall cannon, another attraction is the beautiful Kadam Sharif Mosque which contains the replica of the footprint of Hazrat Mohammad, the prophet.

Nadia: The District Court, Nadia was established in 1871 during the rule of British period. The land for construction of this court was contributed by the WAKOF board in 1965. The court started with five Sub-Divisions namely Krishnagar, Ranaghat, Kushtia, Meherpur and Chuadanga in the pre-independence era. But the Kushtia, Meherpur and Chuadanga Sub-Divisions were excluded from this jurisdiction as those three sub-divisions fell into the territory of the then Purba Pakisthan during the partition of India by the British in 1947. In 1974, the Nabadwip chowki court was created under the jurisdiction of Nadia judgeship. The Sub-Divisional courts at Kalyani and Tehatta started in 1983 and 2004 subsequently. On the other hand, construction of the new five storied criminal court building was started in 1983 and the criminal court was shifted to that building from its earlier position near the office of Superintendent of Police, Nadia at about 2km.

Most Famous Places In Nadia: Mayapur, Nabadwip, Shantipur, Krishnagar Rajbari, Palashi, Bethuadahari

Mayapur: Mayapur is located on the banks of the Ganges river, at the point of its confluence with the Jalangi, near Navadvip, 130 km north of Kolkata. The headquarters of ISKCON are situated in Mayapur and it is considered a holy place by a number of other traditions within Hinduism, but is of special significance to followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism as the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, regarded as a special incarnation of Krishna in the mood of Radha. It is visited by over a million pilgrims annually.

Nabadwip: Nabadwip lies on the western side of the river Bhagirathi at a distance of about 20 K.M. from Krishnagar and it is associated with birth of Lord Sri. Chaitanya and the advent of the Vaishnab religion in Bengal. Sri. Chaitanya was not only a religious leader preaching Vaishnab ideas and Bhakti cult but also a social reformer in the 16th Century. Nabadwip was the capital of Lakshman Sena, the famous ruler of Sena dynasty, who ruled from 1179 to 1203. There are a number of temples and pilgrimage centres. Dwadas Shib Mandir built in 1835 with the exquisite floral designs attracts a large number of pilgrims. The images and idols of Lord Sri. Chaitanaya in a few other places are also regarded with reverence.

Shantipur: Shantipur had been a seat of Sanskrit learning and literature, Vedic texts and scriptures since ninth century. It is located in the Ranaghat Sub-division of the district and is about 18 K.M. away from Krishnagar. The Topkhana Mosque was built by Fauzder Gazi Mohammad Yaar Khan in 1703 – 1704 during the reign of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. This mosque consists of a big dome and eight minars.

Krishnagar Rajbari: Krishnanagar is the district headquarters situated on the bank of river Jalangi. Krishnanagar is named after Raja Krishna Chandra Rai (1728 – 1782). The Rajbari built here during the reign of Raja Krishna Chandra Rai is a prominent place of tourist attraction though the remnants of the past glory have been eroded and only a dilapidated structure of the exquisite places with carving on its inner walls exists today.

Palashi: Palashi is a place of great historical interest. It is situated at a distance of about 50 K.M. from Krishnanagar. The famous Battle of Plassey was fought here on 23rd June, 1757 between the last independent ruler of Bengal, Nawab Siraj Ud-Daula (1756-1757) and the British forces under the command of Lord Clive.

Bethuadahari: Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Nadia district, West Bengal, beside NH-34 (22 km north of Krishnanagar) has a large population of Spotted Deer, Jackal, Bengal fox, Porcupine, Common Langur. Other species includes Parakeets, Indian Cuckoo, Barbets and other smaller birds and Pythons. Many type of trees & small Crocodile, generally known as Gharials. It is located in the Nakashipara area. Spread over an area of 67 hectares. It was established in 1980 to preserve the bio-diversity of the central  Gangetic alluvial zone.

Ballal Dhipi: Ballal Dhipi is located near Bamanpukur Bazar on way to Mayapur at a distance of about 25 K.M. from Krishnanagar. The excavation work was started here by the Archaeological Survey of India in the early 1980s, It revealed a unique structural complex covering nearly 13,000 Sq. meters. Centering around a mound (Dhipi) having a height of 9 meters. This complex identifies itself with the Vikramsila Vihar. Experts say that this side of Stupa (Vihar) of eighth / ninth century was perhaps a seat of learning and pilgrimage up to the eleventh century.

Purulia: Purulia is a land of natural beauty. The lush green landscape, verdant hills and dense forests make it a perfect tourist destination that gives a rustic ambience and peaceful surroundings to weary city dwellers. This westernmost district of West Bengal is part of the Chotonagpur plateau which unravels her untapped mystery and wondrous beauty. The landscape is rocky and undulating. The tourism of Purulia attractions center around its hills, forests as well as its archaeological excavations and the relics of ancient buildings and temples. Tribal ethos enriches the mystic charm and natural beauty of this land of red soil and red blooms of Palash.

Most Famous Places In Purulia: Ajodhya Hill, Baranti, Murguma Dam, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, District Science Centre, Panchkote Raj Fort Palace, Eco Adventure Resort, Joychandi Pahar, Saheb Bandh, Zazen Spa, PearlTree Hotels & Resorts 

Ajodhya Hill: Ajodhya Hills can be found in the Purulia District of the state of West Bengal. It is part of the Eastern Ghats Range and a part of the Dalma Hills. Gorgaburu is the highest peak in Ajodhya hills. Bagmundi is the nearest populated area. Distance from Kolkata: 332 km.

Baranti:Baranti is a small village of tribal people in the Santuri block of the Raghunathpur district of West Bengal. It is located near Baranti Lake. It is a quiet tourist spot that is growing in popularity.

Murguma Dam: Murguma Dam was built on the Saharajhore River (one of the tributaries of Kangsabati River, West Bengal, India). The dam was built near Murguma (a village at the foothills of Ajodhya Hills in the Purulia district. Many other streams flow directly into the dam from Ajodhya Hills. It is surrounded by forests, hills, and small islands.

Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith: Purulia was founded in 1957 by the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith with the objective of giving practical and concrete form to some of Swami Vivekananda’s educational ideas. To be effective and productive, education must be man-making. It must lead to the complete and integrated development of students’ personalities. This is possible only if students are raised in an environment that allows their mind, body, and spirit to flourish. Swami Vivekananda recommended the Gurukula ancient system of education. This system has been adopted by the Vidyapith, which is adapted and suited to current living conditions. 

District Science Centre: District Science Centre, which falls under the National Council of Science Museums Ministry of Culture, Govt. It has been working to spread science to all tiers of society since its inception to ensure that scientific advances reach everyone and to make society better. So, it is among the tourist places in Purulia. 

Panchkote Raj Fort Palace:Panchkot Raj (also known as Panchkot Zamindari, or Kashipur Raj) was a family of RAJPUT( PARMAR), community Zamindars who ruled in western India, West Bengal, and some adjoining areas in Jharkhand. This is also a legendary story related to this palace. Visit this palace to know about its story.

Eco Adventure Resorts: Purulia’s Eco Adventure Resorts is surrounded by pristine nature. It promotes ecotourism and has created unique accommodation units such as tents and cottages to help with responsible tourism. So, it is always on the list of the best places to visit in Purulia.

Joychandi Pahar: Joychandi Pahar is a hill in India’s state of West Bengal and is a popular tourist attraction. It is located in the Purulia district. Joychandi hill is a major tourist area and a great place for rock climbing. So, if you are fond of rock climbing, you must visit this place.

Saheb Bandh: Saheb Bandh is a man-made lake located in the middle of Purulia Town. It is also known as Nibaran Chandra Shayer. This waterbody is undoubtedly the biggest in the city. Purulia was subject to severe water shortages during the summer under British rule. Col Tilley, a prisoner, decided to build the lake in 1843 to combat this water crisis. It is now the most popular place to visit in Purulia.

Zazen Spa, PearlTree Hotels & Resorts: Zazen Spa, PearlTree Hotels & Resorts offers luxurious rooms to its guests. It also offers beautiful resort views and services such as Swedish, Aroma, and Deep Tissue. Balinese, Neck & Back, Foot Reflexology, threading, skincare, haircare, hairstyling,  Body wraps & scrubs. Manicure,  pedicure.

Uttar Dinajpur: Uttar Dinajpur (Bengali pronunciation: [utor dinadʒpur]) or উত্তর দিনাজপুর is a district of the Indian state of West Bengal. Created on 1 April 1992 by the division of the erstwhile West Dinajpur district, it comprises two subdivisions: Raiganj and Islampur. Tourist – Places Swaminath Temple at Swaminath, Rajbari at Rajbari Gate, Shiv Mandir at Itahar, Danhasori Pithasthal at Chandigram, Shree Shree Ma Bhabani Devi Than at Bouaha.

Most Famous Places In Uttar Dinajpur: Raiganj Municipal Children Park, Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary, Burhana Fakir Mosque, St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral

Raiganj Municipal Children Park: All-round social and economic development by safeguarding the interest of the weaker section of society, through slum improvement, poverty alleviation as well as providing standard civic amenities and health facilities in a pollution free green environment. Our Municipality is responsible for providing basic civic services such as Roads, Lighting, Water Supply, Education, Health, etc. to the people of Raiganj.

Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary:Located about 400 km from Kolkata, Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary situated in the state’s North Dinajpur district is home to over 160 species of birds and over 90,000 migratory birds that visit every year. Also known as the Kulik Bird Sanctuary, this area is an extremely important heronry since it supports a major population of the Asian Openbill that exists in South Asia. It is known as Kulik because the river of the same name flows around the sanctuary acting as a boundary in the eastern and southern areas through a network of artificial canals.

Burhana Fakir Mosque: Burhana Fakir Mosque is located in Raiganj. It couldn’t be easier to arrange your visit to Burhana Fakir Mosque and many more Raiganj attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock’s Raiganj day trip planning site.

St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral: Ecclesiastically, Mindoro island was under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Manila until the creation of the Diocese of Lipa in 1910 when Mindoro was transferred under Lipa. The then Mindoro province was made into an apostolic prefecture in 1936 with Bishop William Finneman, SVD as head of the prefecture. Mindoro was still under Lipa. In 1951, following the split of Mindoro province into Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro, the prefecture was elevated to the Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan.